Softball Nabs Runner-Up Spot in SAC After Sweep of Newberry


NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba wrapped up second place in the South Atlantic Conference softball standings, its highest finish in school history, with a doubleheader sweep of host Newberry on Saturday afternoon at the NC Softball Field.  The Catawba Indians won by identical 3-1 scores to improve to 32-15 overall and 12-5 in the SAC.  The Wolves fall to 18-25 and 2-16. 

Newberry led in the opener as Tasia Diaz led off the third with a triple and scored when Brittany Phillips followed with a double.  Catawba tied the game in the fourth as Casey Baucom (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS), who scored twice on the day, came home on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Baucom led off with a walk and Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) doubled with no outs.  Newberry was able to get two outs, but Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph HS) came through with a two-out, two-run single to put Catawba on top 3-1.

Newberry loaded the bases after two were out in the sixth, but Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph HS) worked out of the jam then struck out the side in the seventh to record the complete game.  Murray scattered five hits and had four strikeouts as she upped her record to 15-9.

Catawba took an early lead in game two when Tara Gibbs’ (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) pop up with two outs was mishandled allowing Justice to score from first.  The Lady Indians extended the lead in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly HS).

The Wolves took advantage of a Catawba error to slice the deficit in half in the fifth.  Lindsey Workman drove in the run on a ground out.  The Lady Indians got that run right back in the sixth.  E.D. Huneycutt picked the RBI as she singled in Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville), who reached on an error to start the frame.

Emily B. Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS) got the win.  She went five and a third innings, scattering eight hits and allowing one unearned run to improve to 14-6.  Murray pitched the final inning and two-thirds to earn her first save of the year.  She allowed just one hit.

E.D. Huneycutt and Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) each had two hits for Catawba in the nightcap.  Justice and Gibbs had a hit in each game.  Shelby Holland was 4-for-4 in game two for Newberry.  Casey Nakawatase added two hits. 

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