March 12, 2010
Softball Runs Streak to Nine Straight Wins With Sweep of D&E
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba collected a pair of wins with a sweep of visiting Davis & Elkins in softball action on Friday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Indians picked up an 8-0 shutout in the opener and won the nightcap 8-2. The Lady Indians have won nine straight and improve to 18-9.
Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) allowed just one hit over her five innings in the opener to improve to 12-1. A single in the first loaded the bases with one out, but Murray recorded two of her six strikeouts to end the frame. Davis & Elkins had only one other base runner the rest of the way, a leadoff walk in the fifth.
The bulk of the offensive support came in a six-run fourth. Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) plated the first run then after a two-out error Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS) delivered the big blow as she drove in three on a bases-clearing double. Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS) capped the inning with a two-run double.
Marshall ended the contest with a RBI single in the sixth to give her three RBI in the contest. Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS) had three of Catawba’s 11 hits. Jennie Finafrock picked up the lone hit for Davis & Elkins.
A single by Finafrock and a double by Bridget Ours gave the Senators a 2-0 lead in the nightcap. Catawba answered right back, scoring twice in the third after three walks to opening the inning then took the lead in the fourth. With two out, Geouge doubled and scored on a single by Sabat. After an error and a walk, Brittney Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) singled home two for a 5-2 edge.
Catawba added three more runs in the fifth, two on a home run by Geouge. The senior finished the second game with two hits, two RBI and three runs scored. Sabat would score twice. Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) made a key defensive play with a diving catch in left with two on and two out in the fourth with the score tied.
Kelsie Hudson (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis HS) tossed three and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief to grab the win in the nightcap. She had hurled one perfect inning of relief in the opener. Catawba limited Davis & Elkins to just five hits in the two games.
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