March 28, 2015
Catawba Sweeps Tusculum After Walk-off Comback
SALISBURY, N.C. -- A Catawba College walk-off single capped off a sweep of Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference softball action Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. Catawba claimed a 4-0 shutout in the opening game and came back in game two with a 5-4 walk-off hit by Katherine Shumaker. With the wins Catawba improves to 14-12 on the season and 3-5 in the SAC. Tusculum falls to 14-14 overall and 4-6 in conference.
Tusculum held a 4-1 lead going into the sixth inning in the second game threatening a split on the day. In the bottom half of the inning Catawba’s Gina Gerone pounded out a single through the left side to reach base and initiate a comeback. Shumaker played the hero with a two run bomb to left to bring the Lady Indians within a run. Catawba could not mount any more offense in the sixth.
In the seventh, Catawba held off the Tusculum offense to hold the game at 4-3. Catawba’s bats came alive when they came to the plate. Sophomore Natalie Naturile led off the inning with a single that fell between Tusculum’s centerfielder and shortstop. Delane Smith followed Naturile with a hit to left center that fell perfectly between the two outfielders.
Taylor Adams drove in Naturile with a soaring double that banged off the fence out of the right fielder’s reach. With runners at second and third, Gerone came through again for Catawba with a shot to the left side of the infield. The grounder by Gerone was stopped by Tusculum’s shortstop, Kaitlyn Stroinski, but was unable to force a play at any base. Shumaker ended the game with a scorching grounder into left field.
Carley Tysinger was credited with both wins for Catawba improving her record to 10-6 on the season. Tysinger recorded a complete shutout in the first game recording 12 strikeouts in seven innings while allowing just three hits and two walks. In the second game Tysinger threw three innings in relief to pick up the walkoff win. During that time Tysinger added seven strikeouts to her totals on the day, surrendering only one hit in the process.
Caroline Turner started the second game for Catawba throwing four innings. Turner struck out five batters allowing three earned runs on six hits.
Freshman Smith led all batters going 5-for-8 on the day. Adams and Holli Chandler each added four hits with Adams being credited with three RBIs. Shumaker added three RBIs of her own with three hits in six attempts. Gerone also went 3-for-6.
Tusculum’s Rachel Medley was credited with the loss for the first game. Medley lasted just an inning and a third allowing two runs on five hits while surrendering a walk. Cayla Cecil finished out the first game coming in from right field to the mound. In 4.2 innings Cecil struck out four but gave up eight hits, two runs and four walks. With the loss Medley falls to 5-8 on the season.
In the second game, Eliza Davis tallied the loss for Tusculum going to 8-5 overall. Without getting an out in the seventh inning Davis recorded six innings pitched giving up five runs, 14 hits and a walk. Davis recorded one strike out in the game.
Catawba will travel to Mars Hill on Sunday to make up a previously scheduled game that was postponed due to weather. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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