Softball Wins Two of Three at FMU Tournament


FLORENCE, SC -- Catawba battled through the elements over the weekend and won two of three games at the Patriot Invitational Softball Tournament held at the Freedom Florence Softball Complex.  After being rained out on Friday, Catawba defeated Shepherd 1-0 on Saturday before falling to third-ranked Georgia College and State 8-2.  On Sunday, the Lady Indians knocked off West Georgia 12-3 and now stand at 14-9 on the season.

Rachel Christian (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham Co. HS) tossed a four-hit shutout in the win over Shepherd and struck out eight.  The Lady Indians scored the lone run in the seventh as pinch-hitter Erin Witalison (Gold Hill, NC/Gray Stone Day) doubled with two outs and pinch-runner MacKenzie White (Mt. Ulla, NC/Carson HS) scored on Cassie Markham’s (New Port Richey, FL/Mitchell HS) ensuing single.

Catawba managed just four hits (three coming from Sarah VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL/Wesley Chapel HS) in the loss to GC&SU.  She drove in both runs, including a solo home run in the sixth.  VanBuskirk picked up two more hits in the win over West Georgia with three RBI. 

Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC/W. Rowan HS) put Catawba up 2-0 in the first with a two-out single then Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC/E. Rowan HS) hit a two-run homer in the second as the Lady Indians went up 6-1.  VanBuskirk drove in two runs in the third to give Catawba a 9-3 lead and Witalison homered in the fourth to cap the scoring.

Christian earned her second win of the weekend as she tossed three innings.  Mehgan Cobb (Richmond, VA/Lloyd Bird HS) tossed two shutout innings in relief.  Baker and Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) each added two hits in the win.

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«January 2018»
January 3

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 76-70

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 63-85

January 5

Swimming MEN vs. ASHLAND 84-117

Swimming WOMEN vs. ASHLAND 102-95

January 6

Swimming Women @ Limestone 103-142

Swimming Men @ Limestone 104-136

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 60-88

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 75-101

January 10

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 55-52

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 77-71

January 12

Swimming WOMEN vs. BARTON 141-90

Swimming MEN vs. BARTON 131-89

January 13

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL  80-56

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 83-68

January 18

Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 65-73

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 87-92

January 20

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1) 

Swimming Men @ Lenoir-Rhyne 86-173

Swimming Women @ Lenoir-Rhyne 151-107

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 65-47

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 61-90

January 21

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 2) 

January 24

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

January 26

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 1)

January 27

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Tusuclum 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

January 31

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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