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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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

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

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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