Marshall's Grand Slam Lifts Softball To Dramatic Win Over Top-Seeded Wingate


HICKORY, NC -- Junior Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) hit a two-out grand slam in the top of the seventh as Catawba rallied for a 5-3 win over top-seeded Wingate at the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Bears Field on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  With the win, fifth-seeded Catawba improves to 25-17 and advances to face sixth-seeded Carson-Newman on Saturday as the only two remaining unbeaten teams.  Wingate falls to 29-12-1 and faces Mars Hill in an elimination game on Friday afternoon.

The Catawba Indians entered the final inning down 3-1.  Callie Gordy (Oak Ridge, NC/NW Guilford HS) singled and junior Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS) drew a walk to get the tying runs on base.  After a strikeout, junior Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS) hit a groundball to short that was mishandled and Gordy beat the throw to third.  Marshall stepped in and hit a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to put the Lady Indians up 5-3.

Wingate got the tying runs on base in the seventh on a one-out single by junior LaRonda McClain (Kings Mountain, NC) and a two-out walk to junior Debra Grijalva (San Jose, CA).  Catawba’s Chelsea Wallace (Danville, KY?Danville HS) got junior Leylie Myers (Marietta, GA) on a groundout to Marshall at second to end the contest.

Wallace pitched an inning and two-thirds to pick up the win and improve to 10-3.  She allowed two hits, walked one and had one strikeout.  Catawba had six hits on the day and benefited from four Bulldog errors.  Marshall and Geouge each had two hits for the Lady Indians.

Catawba broke a scoreless tie in the third.  Geouge singled with one out and stole second.  She scored when Sabat’s ground ball was misplayed with two outs.  Wingate used a pair of Catawba miscues to take the lead in the fifth.  Senior Heather Winchester (Waxhaw, NC) struck out to leadoff the inning, but reached on a wild pitch.  A sacrifice and groundout moved her to third where she scored on a bunt single by McClain.  After an error, Grijalva singled home McClain for a 2-1 Wingate lead.

Wingate extended its lead in the sixth, stringing together three straight one-out hits.  Sophomore Emily Chavis (Berkeley Lake, GA) doubled, senior Jamie Millen (Monroe, NC) singled and Winchester singled to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 edge before Catawba rallied in the seventh.

McClain, Chavis and senior Hallie Pettigrew (Uniontown, OH) all had two hits for the Bulldogs.  Sophomore Allison Smith (Daleville, VA) took the loss for Wingate.  She went the distance with none of the runs against her earned.  She struck out eight. 

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. Queens (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 7 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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