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Softball Splits Doubleheader at Tusculum Behind Christian's Three-Hit Shutout

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GREENEVILLE, TN -- Catawba and host Tusculum split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Red Edmonds Field.  Tusculum claimed the opener 4-3, while the Catawba Indians took game two by the count of 8-0.  Catawba stands at 19-20 overall and 1-7 in the SAC, while the Pioneers are 11-18 and 2-7.

Lynnsey Jett singled home the winning run in the fourth inning of the opener to give the Pioneers the win.  Tusculum made the most of its five hits in the game and Megan DuBois recorded a complete-game effort to improve her record to 3-4.

Tusculum jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Ashley Basilicato’s three-run homer in the first inning.  Catawba tied the game with a run in the second and two more in the third inning.  In the second, Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC/E. Rowan HS) scored when she tripled and crossed the plate on a throwing error on the play.  In the third frame, Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) came through with a two-run double to knot the game at 3-3.

Tusculum regained its advantage in the fourth when Shanda Kimbrough singled and moved to second on a throwing error.  Another Catawba error placed runners on the corners with one out when Jett singled home Kimbrough and a 4-3 TC lead.

Catawba would try to answer in the fifth as the first two batters would reach with Marshall drawing a walk and Sarah VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL/Wesley Chapel HS) getting a single.  DuBois would get out of the jam with a fly out and a pair of ground outs to end the inning.  She would allow one base runner for the rest of the game to seal the victory for the Pioneers.

Wilburn went 2-for-3 in the game for the Pioneers, while Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL/Mitchell HS) accounted for a 3-for-4 performance for Catawba.  MacKenzie White (Mt. Ulla, NC/Carson HS) had two hits for the Lady Indians.

Rachel Christian (Buckingham, VA/Buckingham County HS) tossed a three-hit shutout as the Lady Indians recorded 16 hits en route to an 8-0 win in the night-cap in six innings.  Christian improves to 5-6 on the season, while Tusculum starter Holli Cadenhead falls to 5-6 on the year.
 
Marshall led the Catawba hit-parade with three hits, including a double, while Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC/Homeschooled), MacKenzie White, Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC/W. Rowan HS) and VanBuskirk each had multi-hit games for the visitors.  Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS) accounted for a two-run homer in the fourth to move Catawba out to a 4-0 advantage.

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