Softball Sweeps Past Queens To Even League Record


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from host Queens on Wednesday afternoon at Park Road Park.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 6-3 and 8-2 to improve to 17-13 overall and 6-6 in the SAC.  The Royals fall to 14-18 and 3-7.

Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) threw two complete games to improve her record to 13-7.  The junior allowed the three runs on nine hits in the opener while posting seven strikeouts.  Only one of the runs she allowed in the nightcap was earned as Tysinger scattered four hits with nine strikeouts. 

Catawba used a big inning in each game to take control.  In the opener it was a five-run first, while the Lady Indians put up six runs in the second inning of game two.

In game one, a one-out double from Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS), a walk by Delane Smith (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest HS) and an infield single by  Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) loaded the bases.  Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) walked to force home a run then Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS) doubled home two more runs.  Errors plated the final two runs of the inning.

Adams added a home run in the fifth to up the lead to 6-0 before Queens got a pair runs on the board in the sixth.  Hanna Hasker hit a sacrifice fly and Elaina Frantellizzi scored on a wild pitch.  A single from Taylor Rosenblam cut the margin to 6-3 in the seventh, but Tysinger got a pop up and ground out to end the game.

Adams led Catawba with three of the five hits for the Lady Indians and scored twice.  Rosenblam, Robyn Levine and Samantha Martinez collected a pair of hits for Queens. 

Leading game two 1-0 after Naturile's sacrifice fly in the first, Catawba broke the game open.  Shumaker homered to start the second to ignite the big inning.  Catawba added five straight hits with Holly Chandler (New London, N.C./N. Stanly HS) and Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS) singling in runs.

That was plenty of support for Tysinger, who sat down 10 straight at one point.  An error led to the first run for the Royals on a double from Lathan.  Martinez scored in the sixth on a wild pitch.

Five Catawba players had two hits in game two; Naturile, Shumaker, Chandler, Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) and Kim Fesperman (Kannapolis, N.C./S. Rowan HS). 

Catawba is back in action on Friday as the Lady Indians host 21st-ranked Anderson for a 1 pm doubleheader.

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