March 26, 2014
Softball Drops Two Extra-Inning Games Without Allowing An Earned Run
NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba squandered two excellent pitching performances in dropping a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader to host Newberry on Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Road Complex. Newberry won the opener 2-1 in nine innings and game two 1-0 in eight innings. The Wolves improve to 17-15 overall and 4-4 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 21-8 and 6-2.
Catawba was hurt by the inability to get runners home from scoring position. In the opener, the Lady Indians had seven runners at second or third with less than two outs and could only plate one run. Catawba failed to get three home from scoring position with no outs in game two.
Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS) broke her own school mark with 16 strikeouts in the opener without walking a batter. She allowed six hits and two unearned runs in falling to 14-3. Emily B. Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS) gave up only a seventh-innings single with three walks and six strikeouts. She dropped to 3-2, giving up a lone unearned run.
In the opener, Newberry took a 1-0 lead in the second. Leah Hosking led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. She came around to score on a throwing error. In the ninth, with a runner at second, Gabby Bedard reached on a bunt single with Casey Nellums scoring on an overthrow.
Catawba had battled back to tie the game in the sixth. Kristen Stinnard (Concord, NC/Cox Mill HS) and Tysinger singled to start the inning. Both moved up on a ground out and Stinnard scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Adams (Smithfield, NC/N. Johnston HS).
Catawba hit into a lineout double play in the eighth to erase its runner at second. Tysinger stranded the Newberry runner with a popup and two strikeouts. The Lady Indians failed to advance the runner in the ninth with a strikeout and two ground outs before Newberry won it on the first batter of the bottom half.
Bedard led Newberry at the plate, collecting three of the six hits. Madison Burnett (5-6) picked up the win as she went nine innings and allowed the one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Stinnard had two hits for Catawba.
Catawba had scoring chances in game two, but failed to get a run home. Adams led off the second with a double and was sacrificed to third before being stranded. Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph HS) singled to start the sixth and went all the way to third on an error, but again Catawba could not push the run across.
Huneycutt survived two walks in the fourth and an error and a walk in the fifth, stranding both runners each time. Newberry did not get a hit until Hailey Drawe led off the seventh with a single. The Wolves got the winning run home in the eighth without a hit. Katie Capobiano was placed on second, was sacrificed to third and scored on a bunt.
Hyder had two of Catawba three hits in the nightcap.
The Lady Indians will be on the road again this Saturday as they travel to Tusculum for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
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