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Softball Just Short in Upset Bid of #7 LR at SAC Tournament

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WINGATE, NC -- One pitch separated Catawba from upsetting #7 Lenoir-Rhyne in the opening round of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the WU Softball Complex.  Megan Laxton’s three-run home run in the fifth lifted the top-seeded Bears to a 3-1 win.  L-R improves to 45-6, while the Catawba Indians (29-23), seeded eighth, fall into the elimination bracket.

 Alex Smith won the pitchers duel against Catawba’s Chelsea Claypole (Versailles, MO/Morgan Co. HS/Three Rivers CC).  Smith, now 19-3, allowed no earned runs off three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.  Claypole surrendered just four hits, walked none and posted three strikeouts in falling to 1-9.

Catawba scored first in the fourth.  Callie Gordie (Oak Ridge, NC/NW Guilford HS) singled with one out and moved to second on an error.  She advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC/SW Guilford HS).  The other hit for Catawba came in the sixth as Gordy singled following a walk to Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC/Pisgah HS) with one out.  Marshall walked to load the bases with two outs, but Smith stranded all three runners with a strikeout to end the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne collected three of its hits in the fifth inning.  Claypole had tossed four perfect frames before Sarah Atkins led off the fifth with a single.  Following a sacrifice, Jessica Fellmeth singled then Laxton stepped in to put the Bears on top with one swing.  Carlee Carpenter had the other hit for L-R on a sixth-inning single.

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