Softball Earns Spot in SAC Championship Game


SALISBURY, NC -- Two early runs and another complete game by Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS) gave Catawba a 2-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne and a berth in the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship game.  The Catawba Indians, now 32-17, will face Lenoir-Rhyne (33-14) in Sunday's final as the Bears battled back the championship day with a win over Wingate in an elimination game.

The Lady Indians scored single runs in each of the first two innings and Tysinger pitched a complete game to earn her third consecutive victory in the tournament.  Holli Chandler (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) picked up an RBI for Catawba.  Lauren Elder had Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone RBI.

Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) continued her hot hitting in the SAC Championship with a leadoff double to open the top of the first.  Terry came into score after Chandler laid down a bunt single and the resulting throw sailed wide of first.  Chandler advanced to third on a sac bunt, but L-R pitcher Maryann Hoskins kept the Indians at 1-0 with a pair of strikeouts to close out the inning. 

The Indians added another run in the second.  Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville) doubled with one out and moved to third on a groundout by Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, NY/Madison HS). Burgess came in to score on a dropped pop up with two out to make the score 2-0. 

The Bears broke through in the bottom of the third.  Brittany Coursen reached on an error with one out and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Jody Mizelle.  A sacrifice fly by Elder scored Coursen from third to cut the Catawba lead to 2-1.

L-R threatened in the fourth, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Chelsey Long was caught stealing at third and Tysinger recorded a strikeout to get out of the jam.  Gerone led off the fifth with a double down the right field line for the Indians, but Brandi Hole came on in relief and was able to strand the runner.

Hoskins concluded her outing with an earned run allowed on five hits in four-plus innings pitched. The freshman struck out five.  Hole surrendered just one hit with a strikeout in her three frames of relief.   

Tysinger struck out nine to improve to 3-0 in the SAC Championship.  The SAC Pitcher of the Year allowed four hits and an unearned run to improve to 25-8 on the season. 

Jessica Fellmeth had two hits for L-R. 

Sunday's Championship Game will start at 1 p.m.  If Lenoir-Rhyne wins the first game a second game will be played approximately 30 minutes later.

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