Softball Rallies For A Pair of Wins Over #17 Bloomsburg


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got homers from Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) and Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) in sweeping a doubleheader from 17th-ranked Bloomsburg in softball action on Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Field.  Catawba won the opener 5-4 in 11 innings then claimed a 5-3 win in game two.  The Catawba Indians improve to 21-9, while the visiting Huskies fall to 10-4.

Down 4-2 in the ninth inning of the opener, Gibbs pulled Catawba even with a two-run homer to extend the game.  In the 11th, Gibbs opened the inning with a sacrifice bunt which was followed by a game-winning single by Justice.

Gibbs had singled in a run in the first for an early Catawba lead that was erased by Chrissy Belko’s leadoff homer for Bloomsburg in the second.  Belko gave the Huskies a 2-1 edge on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.  Catawba answered that run in its sixth on a sacrifice fly by Justice.

Bloomsburg grabbed a 4-2 lead in the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Mandy Leach.  Gibbs led off the ninth with her home run to tie it, scoring Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville) who started the frame at second in the extra-inning tiebreaker rule.

Gibbs had three hits in the opener, while Justice had two.  The duo knocked in all five Lady Indian runs.  Emily Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS) claimed the win to improve to 11-2.  She allowed seven hits over the 11 innings.  She gave up two earned runs, walking none and striking out seven.

Leach had two hits and two RBI for Bloomsburg, while Belko also had a pair of RBI and scored twice.  Cait Paine took the loss with only two of the runs earned.  She walked one and fanned 14.

Catawba rallied for three runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to earn the sweep.  The Lady Indians tied the game when Burgess scored on an error then took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS).  Murray survived a two-out error in the seventh and struck out the final batter to even her mark at 7-7.

A solo home run by Sam Pientack gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but Justice clubbed a two-run homer in the Catawba fourth to put the Lady Indians up 2-1.  Kayla McHale tied for Bloomsburg in the sixth with a single and the Huskies took the lead on an error.

Gibbs added two more hits in the second game and scored twice.  Pientack and McHale each had two hits for Bloomsburg.  Murray allowed eight hits and just one earned run in the complete game.  She walked none and struck out four. 

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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 

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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