Softball Drops Pair of One-Run Game at Tusculum


GREENEVILLE, TN -- Tusculum used late-inning heroics to sweep a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Ingram Field.  The Pioneers won by the scores of 10-9 in nine innings and 4-3 to improve to 14-16 overall and 5-7 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 28-17 and 5-7.

Catawba appeared to have a hold on the opener after Tara Gibbs’ (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) three-run homer in the top of the ninth, but the Pioneers answered back to take the win on a grand slam by Shandra Kimbrough off the left field foul pole.

Tusculum opened an early 3-0 lead in game one, pushing across three runs in the first without the benefit of a hit, including two bases-loaded walks.  Catawba answered with three runs in the third to knot the score at 3-3, tying the game on an RBI single by Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS and a two-run double by Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS).

The Pioneers reclaimed the lead with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Tasha Morrell. Catawba took the lead in the fourth, scoring on a TC error and an RBI single by Gibbs for a 5-4 edge.  Tusculum would counter with a run in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 5-5, sending the game into extra innings.

Tusculum would again take an early lead in the second game, pushing across a pair of runs in the first on a groundout by Powell and a run-scoring single by Kimbrough.  The Pioneers would stretch the lead to 3-0 when Savannah Ewing and Brittany Hunley stroked back-to-back doubles.

Catawba got off the deck in the seventh to tie the game, scoring three times after a two-out error.  Pinch-runner Casey Baucom (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS) scored on the error then Geouge completed the rally with a two-run single.  The Pioneers answered back in the bottom half.  Taylor MacDonald was hit by a pitch to open the frame and Phlyscia Powell followed with a game-winning triple.

Catawba managed just three hits in the nightcap.  Elizabeth Johnson pitched into the seventh and allowed just two hits, but walked six.  Erin Searcy got the win by getting the final out of the seventh.  Ewing had three hits to lead Tusculum in game two, while Powell added two.

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