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Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Newberry

Marshall and Hampton homer to pace Catawba to wins

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SALSIBURY, NC -- Catawba claimed both ends of a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Newberry on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 7-0 and 5-4 to improved to 34-11 overall and 2-2 in the SAC.  Newberry fell to 25-18-1 and 1-3.

 Freshmen Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC) and Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC) each had three hits and three RBI to pace Catawba in the opening win.  Marshall put the Lady Indians on the board with a two-run homer in the first, while Thornburg singled home a pair of runs in the second to extend the lead to 4-0.

That was more than enough support for Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD), who tossed the five-hit shutout.  The senior walked one and struck out five.  Sarah VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL) added two hits in the win and also scored a pair of runs.  Sara Powell (Ocean View, DE) had two hits for Newberry.

Catawba made the most of just three hits to complete the sweep.  Down 2-0 in the second inning, the Lady Indians drew a pair of walks and Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC) connected on a three-run homer to put Catawba on top for good.  Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC) extended the lead to 4-2 in the third as she doubled into left center and came all the way around as the ball was misplayed against the fence.

Newberry cut the lead to 4-3 on a RBI double by Ashley Marine (Peachtree City, GA) in the fourth and looked to be set to tie the score in the fifth, but after consecutive singles to open the frame, Catawba turned the second hit into a double play by throwing a runner out at home and another trying to advance to second.  Catawba used its final hit to move on top 5-3 as Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) doubled home Geouge, who had walked and stolen second.

In the sixth, Newberry loaded the bases and scored on Jessica Reid’s (Walhalla, SC) one-out line drive back at Ettinger, who was forced to leave the game.  Tiffany Farley (Greensboro, NC) entered and got a foul out and a ground out to end the frame.  The freshman tossed a perfect seventh inning to earn her first save.  Ettinger allowed two runs on seven hits, but picked up the win in relief as she improved to 19-5.

Reid had two hits for Newberry in the second game.  She had given the Indians a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the second.  Powell also added two hits and scored twice. 

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