Late Heroics Lift Softball to Sweep of GRU Augusta

SALISBURY, NC -- Late clutch hits by Holli Chandler (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) and Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville) helped Catawba to a doubleheader sweep of visiting GRU Augusta in softball action on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 4-2 and 8-6 to improve to 15-6 on the year.  The Jaguars fall to 12-19.

In the opener, Chandler smacked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie and provide the winning run.  Burgess beat a lightning delay by minutes, launching a two-out, two-run homer to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the fifth of the nightcap.  The game was halted after that inning due to lightning and would not be restarted after heavy rain.

Catawba took the lead in the opener on a two-out, two-run single by Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, NC/Bartlett Yancy HS) in the bottom of the third.  Augusta pulled even on a two-run homer by Casey Rowland in the fifth.  That set the stage for Chandler's big hit. 

Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) led off the Catawba sixth with a single and moved to second on a two-out walk.  Chandler would double into right-center to plate the go-ahead run.  Morgan Brann (Beulaville, NC/E. Duplin HS) scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS) tied her own school record with 14 strikeouts over six and two-thirds innings.  She fanned the first six batters of the game and scattered six hits to improve to 10-2.

Shumaker and Chandler each had two hits in the win for Catawba.  Mallory Ferguson picked up two hits for Augusta.  Paige Deschaine (6-9) took loss, striking out 10 over her six innings.

The Lady Indians fell behind 3-1 after two innings of the second game.  Brianna Dickens singled home two to put the Jaguars on top after falling behind 1-0.  The Lady Indians answered in the fourth.  Kimberly Fesperman (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS) doubled home a run with two outs then after a walk and an infield single Tysinger crushed a grand slam to put Catawba on top 6-3.

The Jaguars came right back in the fifth as Rowland tripled with the bases loaded to knot the game at 6-6.  Caroline Turner (Kenly, NC/N. Johnston HS) got the final two outs of the inning to strand Rowland at third and keep the game tied.  Burgess stepped in and beat the weather with her home run to left to give Catawba the sweep.

Burgess was the only Catawba player with two hits in the nightcap.  Ashley Benton had two hits for Augusta.  Turner improved to 4-3 with the win.

The Lady Indians will open conference play on Saturday, hosting Mars Hill at Whitley Field for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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