Softball Earns Sweep of Doubleheader at Carson-Newman

JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba earned a doubleheader sweep of host Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Friday afternoon at the Lady Eagle Softball Complex.  The Catawba Indians won the opener 10-8 in eight innings and took game two 4-3.  Catawba improves to 38-13 overall and 6-4 in the SAC, while the Lady Eagles fall to 30-10 and 6-4.  The Lady Indians, who had defeated C-N just three previous times, earn their first-ever sweep of the Lady Eagles.

Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) returned to the Catawba lineup after missing three weeks with an illness and connected on a three-run homer in the eighth inning.  It was one of three home runs for the Lady Indians in the opener, but the biggest blow of the game may have been in the top of the first, when a line drive by Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) caught Lady Eagle pitcher Stephanie Templeton in the face.  Templeton would walk off under her own power, but was taken to a nearby hospital for x-rays and would not return.

Sophomore Jessie Armstrong replaced Templeton in the pitching circle, but Catawba was able to take advantage of a visibly rattled Lady Eagle squad.  Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC) followed White with a two-run homer to give the Lady Indians a 2-0 lead.  Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC) singled home Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC) to give Catawba a 3-0 lead in the third.

The Lady Eagles bounced back to post runs in each of the next two innings and tie the score.  Jessie Howard led off the third with a triple and scored on a double by Katy Speaks.   In the fourth, Carson-Newman tied the game with a two-out, two-run double by Howard. 

Catawba reclaimed the lead at 4-3 in the top of the fifth on a solo homer by Geouge, but the Lady Eagles went on top in the bottom half of the frame on a two-out error that plated a pair of runs.  The Lady Indians took a 7-5 edge in the sixth with the aide of a C-N error, but the Lady Eagles tied the game in their sixth on a RBI single by Howard, who would later score on a groundout.

In the eighth, Catawba’s first two batters struckout, but Callie Gordy (Oak Ridge, NC) reached on an error and Whitesides followed with the game-winning homer.  C-N scored its automatic runner in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-8, but it would get no closer.  Rachel Christian (Buckingham, VA) earned the win for Catawba, tossed three innings of one hit relief.

Catawba rallied from a 3-0 deficit in game two to claim the sweep.  After loading the bases twice in the first three innings and failing to score, Whitesides and Geouge singled in runs in the fourth to cut the C-N lead to 3-2.

The Lady Indians tied the game in the fifth on a pinch-hit double by Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC) and took the lead in the sixth on a RBI triple by Geouge.  Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) pitched the win for Catawba.  She entered to record the final out of the second inning and kept the Lady Eagles off the board the rest of the way.  She allowed just two hits over five and a third innings.

Whitney Hickam's doubled home run in the first while Mandy Stevens followed with a single to give C-N a 2-0 lead after one inning.  Speaks singled home a run in the second to built the Lady Eagle advantage to 3-0.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming vs. UNC WILMINGTON 2 p.m.

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 6 p.m.

October 21

Swimming @ Wingate

Cross Country @ SAC Championships

Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.

Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Soccer (M) Team Photo