Gibbs Ties School Mark With 7 RBI as Softball Takes Two of Three on Saturday


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba won two of three games on Saturday at the 2010 Catawba Invitational softball tournament at Salisbury Community Park.  The Catawba Indians opened with a 10-5 win over Erskine then fell 1-0 to Armstrong Atlantic in its final round robin game.  The Lady Indians defeated East Stroudsburg 13-4 in its opening single-elimination tournament game to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.  Catawba stands at 7-6 on the season.

Catawba fell behind Erskine after a two-run homer by Lindsey LaPrad in the first.  The Lady Indians got those runs back in their first on a sacrifice fly Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) and a single by Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS), the first of a record-tying seven RBI in the game by the freshman.

The Lady Indians picked up single runs in the third and fourth before the Flying Fleet pulled within a run in the fifth.  Gibbs took over the Catawba offense from there.  She swatted a two-run homer in the fifth for a 6-3 lead then connected on a grand slam in the sixth after Erskine had cut the margin to 6-5.

Gibbs went 4-for-4 in the game and scored twice to go with her record-tying RBI total.  The four hits also tied the school mark as did the two homers.  Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) picked up the win by tossing six and a third innings of relief.  She improved to 5-0 as the sophomore allowed three runs, two earned, off four hits with four strikeouts.

Chelsea Claypole (Versailles, MO/Morgan Co. HS/Three Rivers CC) gave Catawba a chance against Armstrong Atlantic as she limited the Pirates to just a single run on four hits.  The lone blemish was a solo home run by Erin Billingsly in the bottom of the fourth.  The only other time AASU got a runner in scoring position came in the sixth after a pair of leadoff singles.  The junior settled down and got out of the frame without surrendering a run.

Catawba had a few chances to push a run across.  The Lady Indians got a runner to third with two outs in the second and stranded a runner at second after two were our in the fourth.  The best opportunity came in the sixth as Catawba loaded the bases on a walk, a hit by Gibbs and a hit batter with one out.  Megan Barnwell was able to keep the shutout in tact with a strikeout and a fly out. 

Barnwell allowed four hits and struck out nine in the win.  April Jowers had two of the four AASU hits. 
Catawba scattered its four hits among four players with Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) and Katie Huggins (Oviedo, FL/Lake Howell HS/Lake Sumter CC) collecting doubles.

The Lady Indians took the #9-seed into the tournament and took out eighth-seeded East Stroudsburg 13-4.  With the game tied at 3-all entering the fourth, Catawba flexed its muscles again as Marshall drilled a three-run homer and Gibbs followed with a solo shot for a 7-3 lead.  Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) added a three-run homer in the seventh.

Marshall went 4-for-5 with three RBI and tied a school mark by scoring four runs.  Justice also went 4-for-5 and collected four RBI.  Sami Santoli (Nesconset, NY/Smithtown West HS) got the win in relief as she allowed one run over the final five innings.  She allowed three hits and had one strikeout. 

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