Softball stays perfect in league with sweep of Newberry

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College swept a doubleheader from visiting Newberry in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Field. Catawba won by the scores of 5-2 and 12-0, improving to 17-13 overall and remaining unbeaten in league play with a 4-0 mark. Newberry falls to 7-26 and 0-4. In the opener, Catawba grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on a pair of two-out, RBI singles by Stacey Handy (Advance, NC) and Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL). Newberry would tie the game in the fifth on a two-out, two-run triple by Julie Wideman (Greenwood, SC). Catawba would respond in its half of the fifth, scoring three times. Val McDowell (Crofton, MD) led off with a single and Stacey Handy reached on a fielder’s choice. Catawba loaded the bases with no outs when a Rivera grounder led to a throwing error. Catawba then scored three times despite the next three batters striking out. Both McDowell and Stacey Handy scored on one wild pitch with no outs, while Rivera was also wild pitched home with one out. Newberry threatened in the seventh with a walked sandwiched by two doubles to cut the lead to 5-3. Shannon Handy (Advance, NC) would relief starter Megan Wilson (Stuart, VA) and get a lineout, groundout and a foul out to end the inning without further damage. It marked the second save for Shannon Handy, while Wilson improved to 5-7, pitching into the seventh and scattering eight hits with five strikeouts. McDowell had two of Catawba’s eight hits, while Jennifer Wilson (Orlando, FL) and Wideman had two hits for Newberry in the opener. Catawba banged out 13 hits in the nightcap in earning a 12-0 win. Shannon Handy picked up the win, moving to 7-2, allowing just two hits (both singles) in five innings of work. She walked one and struck out one. Catawba scored twice in the opening inning, on a wild pitch and a RBI ground out by Rivera. A five-run second would push the margin to 7-0. Rivera delivered a two-run single in the frame to increase her season RBI total to 24, just five shy of the school record. Catawba would added another run in the third and four more in the fourth as 11 different Lady Indians took part in the hit parade. Stacey Handy and Toni Vodola (Wall, NJ) each had two this. Ashleigh Anderson (Barnwell, SC) and Brantley Riley (Saluda, SC) had the two Newberry his. #####

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