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Shumaker's Bat Keeps Softball Rolling With Sweep of Limestone

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba swept a softball doubleheader from visiting Limestone on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Catawba Indians improve to 8-1, winning by the scores of 7-3 and 5-1.  The Saints fall to 8-6.

Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS) tied her own school record with 14 strikeouts in the opening win as the Lady Indians rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.  Tysinger finished the final six and two-thirds innings of the game, surrendering no runs on just three hits with a pair walks.

Limestone struck for three runs before Tysinger entered.  The big hit was a two-run triple by Alicia Styles.  The Lady Indians came back in the bottom half to plate a pair of runs.  Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, NC/Bartlett Yancy HS) got her big day going by driving in the first run, while Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly HS) had a RBI single.  Styles momentarily kept Limestone on top by throwing out a runner at the plate.

The Limestone lead lasted only one more inning as Shumaker delivered a clutch two-out double with the bases loaded to put Catawba on top 5-3.  That was as much of a lead as Tysinger needed, but the Lady Indians did add a pair of insurance runs in the sixth off a Saint error.  Limestone made it interesting in the seventh as it loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an infield hit.  Tysinger (5-0) would fan the next two batters to end it.

Tysinger collected three hits at the plate and scored twice.  Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) and Morgan Brann (Beulaville, NC/E. Duplin HS) both had two hits for the Lady Indians.  Shumaker had four RBI on just one hit, but would be heard from more in game two.

Freshman Caroline Turner (Kenly, NC/N. Johnston HS) went the distance for the win in game two.  She allowed a run on six hits with four strikeouts and improved to 2-1. 

Catawba broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with Shumaker doubling home Tysinger for the first run.  Taylor Adams (Smithfield, NC/N. Johnston HS) added a RBI single in the frame for a 2-0 lead.  The Lady Indians padded the lead in the fifth as Shumaker swatted a three-run homer with two outs.

A sacrifice fly by Carissa Snyder in the seventh accounted for the lone Limestone run.  Styles and Paige Bolding each had two hits.  Ashley Cox had three hits for the Saints in the opener.

Shumaker had another four RBI game in the nightcap for Catawba on two hits.  Adams also had two hits with Tysinger again scoring a pair of runs.

Catawba will head to Spartanburg, SC, to take place in the Mid-South Classic this weekend which runs Friday through Sunday.  The Lady Indians tangle with GRU Augusta at 5 p.m. on Friday night with a chance to equal the 2007 squad's start of 9-1 which is best in school history.

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