Tysinger Blanks GRU Augusta as Softball Moves to 9-1


SPARTANBURG, SC -- The Catawba softball team opened play at the Mid-South Classic on Friday with a 4-0 shutout of GRU Augusta at Tiger River Park.  The win improves the Catawba Indians to 9-1, matching the best start in school history which was also done in 2007.  The Jaguars fall to 7-12.

Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS) was dominate in the circle as she improved to 6-0.  The sophomore surrendered just three hits, allowed a runner on a hit by pitch and struck out 13.  On the season, Tysinger has a miniscule 0.21 ERA and has given up just 10 hits over 33 innings with 60 strikeouts.

Catawba got all the runs they needed in the first on a three-run home run by Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, NC/Bartlett Yancy HS).  It was her second straight game with a three-run shot.  Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph HS) started the frame with a walk and Holli Chandler (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) reached on a bunt single prior to the long ball.

Tysinger took a no-hitter into the fifth before Mallory Ferguson singled up the middle to break up the bid.  The Jaguars had back-to-back single to start the sixth, but Tysinger would fan the next three batters to end the threat. 

Hyder singled home Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) in the fourth to complete the scoring for Catawba.

The Lady Indians will continue play in the Mid-South Classic through Sunday.  Saturday, Catawba is scheduled to play Alderson-Broaddus at noon and Armstrong at 6 p.m.

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