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Softball Title Hopes End After Doubleheader Loss at Wingate

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WINGATE, NC -- Wingate swept visiting Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Wingate Softball Complex.  The Bulldogs claimed wins by the scores of 2-0 and 3-1 to improve to 25-18-1 overall and 7-9 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 28-16 and 9-7.

Wingate won the opener on a walk off two-run home run from Kayla Saliga in the bottom of the seventh.  It came with one out, following a walk to Emily Usiak.  That made a winner of Stacey Houser, who limited Catawba to just one hit with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.

The Lady Indians never mounted much of threat offensively in the opener.  Twice Catawba got a runner to second, but both times it came with two outs.  Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly HS) had the lone hit for Catawba with a leadoff single in the second.

Wingate tallied a run in the opening frame in game two.  Kelsey Maffucci, who had two hits in each game, doubled to lead off and scored on a two-out single by Hayley Whitley.  A pair of Catawba errors to start the second inning led to a pair of unearned runs on a two-out single by Maffucci.

Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) scored Catawba's lone run which came in the third.  She reached on an error and came around to score on a single by Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS). 

Houser tossed her second complete game for Wingate to improve to 18-10.  She allowed the unearned run off four hits with a strikeout.  Brittany Loudermilt also had two hits for Wingate in the second game.

Catawba will close out the regular season as it hosts a doubleheader against Newberry on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The Lady Indians will host the SAC Tournament beginning next week.

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