Softball Eliminated From SAC Tournament With a Pair of Losses


HICKORY, NC -- Catawba entered play on Saturday at the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament as one of only two undefeated teams, but the Lady Indians were eliminated with a pair of losses at Bears Field on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Catawba fell to Carson-Newman 10-7 in its first game then were eliminated with a 13-1 loss to top-seeded Wingate.

Carson-Newman pitcher Brittany Linton (Marietta, GA) allowed just one run on two hits in three and two-thirds innings of relief in helping sixth-seeded Carson-Newman hold off fifth-seeded Catawba for the victory in the winner’s bracket.  The win sends the Lady Eagles (28-15) to their second-straight SAC championship game.  Catawba drops to 25-19.
Linton, who improved to 5-2 on the season with the win, entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and C-N leading 7-6.  She recorded a strike out and a ground out to end the threat.  The Lady Eagles would pad their lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to build a 10-6 lead.

C-N collected 11 hits on the day, including two each from Whitney Durham (Rossville, GA), Stephanie Templeton (Ringgold, GA) and Amber Palmer (Kennesaw, GA).  Freshman Mary Shealy (Clinton, S.C.) added a three-run double, while Jessie Howard (Knoxville, TN) and Palmer finished with two RBI each.

The Indians tallied 10 hits.  Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC/E. Rowan HS) went 3-for-5, including a pair of home runs, and had three RBI.  Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC/Homeschool) also contributed three hits in the loss.

The Lady Eagles built a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a three-run double by Shealy.  Catawba answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to trim C-N's lead to 3-2.  Baker led off the inning with a solo home run to left centerfield.

C-N responded with a four-run outburst in the fourth.  Whitney Kee (Knoxville, TN) reached base on a fielding error to lead off the inning and later scored on a Palmer double.  Howard delivered a two-run single.

Catawba was able to answer those runs in the fourth when it cut C-N's lead to 7-6.  Baker contributed a RBI double in the inning, while Whitesides and Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL/Mitchell HS) each produced a run-scoring single.  Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD) drew a bases loaded walk to pull Catawba to within one, but Linton allowed just one run the rest of the way, a Baker solo home run in the seventh, to seal the win for C-N.  Catawba left the bases loaded three times in the loss.

Catawba fell behind Wingate (33-13-1) in the second then Leyila Myers (Marietta, GA) added a two-out, three-run homer in the third as the Bulldogs began to pull away.  Catawba’s lone run came in the third on a bases loaded walk to Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS), but the Lady Indians would leave the bases loaded and Wingate put the game away with five runs in the fourth.

Debra Grijalva (San Jose, CA) singled home two runs and Myers got her third hit of the game when she doubled to right centerfield driving in two more runs in the inning.  Grijalva hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put Wingate up, 13-1.

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«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 

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

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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