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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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) 

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 4 p.m.

February 18

Softball vs BARTON noon

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG noon

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 2 p.m.

Softball vs BARTON 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Elon 3 p.m.

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 22

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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