Softball Sets Win Record With Sweep of Glenville State

Marshall sets new records for HR and RBI


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba swept a doubleheader from visiting Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field and in the process broke the school record for wins in a season.  The Catawba Indians improve to 30-9, winning by the scores of 5-4 and 13-5.  The Lady Pioneers fall to 2-16.

 Catawba rallied for wins in both games with the second game highlighted by a pair of home runs and five RBI from freshman Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC), who surpassed the previous season record in both categories.  She now has 12 homers and 44 RBI, breaking the marks of 11 homers and 42 RBI set last season by Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC).

 In the opener, Glenville State put three runs on the board in the first inning.  Leanne Harris (Windsor, Ontario, CANADA) and Lacey Powell (Point Pleasant, WV) led off with bunt singles and Meagan James (St. Albans, WV) connected on a three-run homer to give the Lady Pioneers the early lead.

 The Lady Indians left five runners on over the first three innings, including the bases loaded in the second, but finally got on the board in the fourth.  A walk to Sara VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL) was followed by three infield singles to bring in the first run.  Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC) got the final hit off the pitcher’s glove.  Callie Gordy (Oak Ridge, NC) grounded out to plate a second run.

 Catawba took the lead in the fifth as Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC) delivered a RBI double and VanBuskirk knocked her in with a single for a 4-3 lead.  Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) doubled home a run in the six for a 5-3 edge.

 Glenville State cut the deficit to a run in the seventh as Harris singled home a run with one out.  She moved to second on a sacrifice, but Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) got James to ground out to second to end the game.

 Ettinger allowed seven hits and struck out five in picking up the win to improve to 16-4 on the season.  Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC) and Jenn Mehl (West Creek, NJ) each had two hits for Catawba.  Harris had two hits for Glenville State, while James had two. 

 Catawba jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame of game two.  Geouge led off with a homer, while White added a RBI single.  Glenville State answered right back with five runs in its second.  Amy Carte (Hico, WV) got things started with a RBI single.

 Marshall capped the Catawba rally in the second inning with a three-run homer as the Lady Indians scored five of their own to take a 7-5 lead.  A six-run outburst in the fourth would provide the winning margin.  Marshall had a two-run homer in the inning.

 Marshall had three hits in the game for Catawba, while Geouge and Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC) each had two hits.  Lorie Chaperon (Howell, MI) and Alysha Lavey (Bradford, OH) had two hits for the Lady Pioneers.  Tiffany Farley (Greensboro, NC) earned the win for Catawba, tossing three and two-third of scoreless relief.  She allowed two hits and struck out three and improved to 3-1 on the year.

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