Hester's Grand Slam Helps Softball to Split of Doubleheader at UNCP


PEMBROKE, NC -- Catawba and host UNC Pembroke split a softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at LRA Field.  The Catawba Indians won the opener 6-3, while the Braves picked up a 5-3 win in game two.  The Lady Indians are now 3-1 on the year, while UNCP is 6-4.

Khourtni Hester (Waldorf, MD/McDonough) provided the big blow in game one with a two-out grand slam in the first to stake Catawba to an early 4-0 lead.  UNPC scored twice in its first to slice the lead in half.  With two outs, Loren Bartz double home a run and Holly Berry followed with a run-scoring single.

The Lady Indians came right back, adding a run in the second on a double by Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) that plated Carly Sabat (Warren, OH/Howland HS).  Sabat had three hits and scored twice in the opener.  Ashley Harrell drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to pull the Braves to within 5-3, but Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) got out of the frame and kept UNCP off the board the rest of the way.

Sabat singled home Casey Baucom (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS) with her final hit of the game in the fourth.  UNCP got the tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but Murray got two fly balls to end the contest and improve to 2-0.  The junior scattered nine hits and struck out four.

Catawba battled back from an early 3-0 deficit in the nightcap to pull even when Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) scored on an error, but the Braves pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth to take the win.  Berry had a two-out single in the fifth to put UNCP back on top and Lynn Grantham added a solo home run to start the sixth.

Pembroke took a 3-1 lead in the second, benefitting from a pair of two-out errors by the Lady Indians to plate all three runs.  A pair of passed balls had allowed Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) to score in the top of the second to give Catawba a 1-0 lead.  Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) singled home Terry with two outs in the third to cut the margin to 3-2.  

Jamie Burwell allowed just one earned run off five hits to grab the win.  She struck out ten.  Berry had three hits for the Braves, while Kellie Van Dyke added two.  Emily Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS) gave up seven hits and two earned runs while posting three strikeouts in taking the loss.

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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 W-10th,M-10th

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2) 

Baseball vs. COKER 16-4

Softball vs USC AIKEN 6-2

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 83-48

Softball vs USC AIKEN 5-4

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 103-94

Baseball vs. COKER 15-5

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 3-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 13-14

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 2-7

February 28

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6 p.m.

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