Softball Swept by Mars Hill to close out SAC regular season


SALISBURY, NC -- Mars Hill swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader form host Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Lady Lions won by the scores of 6-3 and 13-0 to improve to 32-20 overall and 6-8 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 39-16 and 7-7.

 Mars Hill jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half inning in the opener.  Kristina Osborn (Birmingham, AL) put the Lady Lions on the board with a two-out solo homer.  After a single and a hit batter, Ashley Harber (Goose Creek, SC) hit a three-run shot that bounced off the top of the fence.

 Catawba struck for three in the fifth.  Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC) led off the frame with a homer and Sarah VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL) added a two-run homer.  The Lady Indians were able to put two more runners on with no outs, but failed to tie the score.

 Anna James (Bellevue, WA) hit a two-run homer in the sixth to push the Mars Hill advantage to 5-3 and Osborn singled home a run in the seventh.  Tiffany Farthing earned the win for Mars Hill, tossing four innings, while Katie Blankenship (Candler, NC) picked up a save, allowing just one hit over the final three innings.

 Osborn collected three hits for the Lady Lions in the opener.  Christa Fullwood (Wilmington, NC) and James each had two hits.  Thornburg had two hits for Catawba.  The two homers for Catawba pushed the Lady Indians season total to 51, breaking the league record of 50 set by Wingate last season.

 Mars Hill would strike early in game two.  Four of the first five batters reached with Tiara Mitchell’s (N. Charleston, SC) bases-loaded single drove in the first run and Harber added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.  Ashley Angell (Winston-Salem, NC) and Fullwood had run-scoring singles in the second as the Lady Lions moved ahead 4-0.

 The Lady Lions exploded for five runs in the third.  Tiffany Self (Del Rio, TN) connected on a grand slam and Osborn added a RBI double.  Harber added a three-run homer in the fifth.

Paige Brantley (Raleigh, NC) tossed the shutout.  She allowed five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.  Mitchell and Harber each had three hits in the 16-hit Mars Hill attack.  Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC) and Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC) each had two hits for Catawba.

Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2),
Baseball vs. COKER, 1:00VideoStats
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 1:00Stats
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill, 2:00
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 3:00Stats
Baseball vs. COKER, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill, 4:00


«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) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

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

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2) 

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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