March 25, 2015
Softball Sets Home Run Mark In Split With Newberry
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba set a school record for home runs in a game in splitting a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader with Newberry on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Indians won the opener 8-0, while the Wolves came back for a 5-2 win in game two. The Lady Indians stand at 12-12 overall and 1-5 in the SAC. Newberry is 21-14 and 5-3.
All five Catawba hits in the opener were home runs, accounting for all eight runs. The five long balls bettered the previous mark of four which was done three times.
Catawba got out quickly as Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) led off with her team-leading fifth homer of the year. Kim Fesperman (Kannapolis, N.C./S. Rowan HS) capped the first inning, which was kept alive on an error, with a two-out grand slam.
The Lady Indians struck again with two outs in the second on the first of two home runs by Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS). The sophomore's second of the day made it 7-0 in the fifth. Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS) ended the opener as she led off the sixth with the record-breaking fifth homer.
Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) was the beneficiary of the runs as she threw her fourth shutout of the season and second straight. She scattered three hits, walked two and struck out nine.
Newberry rallied to get the split with four runs in the sixth. The big blow was a three-run triple by Casey Nellums. A base hit deemed just fair down the third base line started the frame and after a hit batter, Madison Tepfenhart beat out a bunt to first to load the bases. Nellums tripled on a 0-2 pitch down the line in left just past a diving Naturile to clear the bases.
Catawba came back to load the bases in its half of the sixth. After a Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) single, Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) and Shumaker walked on eight straight pitches out of the zone. Brittany Middleton entered and stranded the runners with a fly out, strikeout and soft liner back to the circle.
Gerone had erased an early 1-0 Newberry lead with a two-run homer in the fourth. Catawba managed just four hits off three Newberry hurlers. Hannah Blakely (2-2) got the win in relief. Middleton earned her second save. Tysinger took the loss in relief to fall to 8-6. She fanned eight in four and two-thirds innings.
Newberry collected 10 hits in the nightcap. Ashlen Ayers had three hits and Gabby Bedard added two.
Catawba will host Tusculum in another SAC doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
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