Tysinger and Naturile Key Softball's Sweep Of LR


HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba ran its winning streak to six games by sweeping a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from host Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 6-1 and 5-4 in eight innings.  The Lady Indians improve to 21-13 overall and 10-6 in the SAC.  The Bears fall to 26-15 and 6-8.

Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) won both games of the doubleheader and has now won her last 10 starts.  Catawba has won nine of its last 10 and have moved into a tied for second place in the SAC.  Tysinger has posted an 11-2 mark since shutting out Belmont Abbey on March 23.

The Lady Indians scored four times in the top of the eighth in game two then held off a Lenoir-Rhyne rally to take the one-run win.  Brittany Coursen doubled home two runs to cut the Catawba lead to 5-4 with just one out.  Tysinger got Madison Carter to pop up a bunt then struck out pinch hitter Anne Marie Lackey to end the game.

The Bears had led 1-0, scoring on a throwing error in the first inning.  Catawba had only three baserunners off Brandi Hole over the first five innings, but was able to push across an unearned run in the sixth to tie the game.

Catawba but its first two runners of the sixth on, but one was erased at third on an attempted steal.  A single from Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS) put runners on the corners and Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) delivered a single to tie the game.  A pop up turned into a double play to end the inning to keep the game tied.

In the eighth, Emily Huneycutt's (Oakboro, N.C./W. Stanly HS) sacrifice fly put Catawba on top and Naturile followed with a home run to make it 3-1.  An error kept the inning alive and Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS) singled home a run before a final run scored on another error.  Those runs proved key as the Bears rallied to within a run in their half of the eighth.

Naturile finished with two hits and had four in the doubleheader.  She homered in each game.  Tysinger, now 17-7, allowed nine hits, but walked just one with five strikeouts.  Three of the four runs she allowed were earned.

Jordin Phillips had three his in the loss for LR.  Lauren Elder had a pair of hits.  Hole fell to 12-10 with the loss.  She went seven and two-thirds innings and only one of the five runs allowed was earned.  She also fanned five.

The opener was scoreless through three innings.  Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS) led off the fourth with an infield single to short and Naturile followed with a two-run homer to put Catawba on top 2-0.

Lenoir-Rhyne came right back in the bottom half to slice the lead in half.  Coursen was hit by a pitch to open the frame and the Bears loaded the bases with one out on a single by Carter and a fielder’s choice by Averi Miller.  Lenoir-Rhyne plated a run on a sacrifice fly by Katie Carpenter, but Tysinger got a ground out to end the inning.

The Lady Indians put two more on the board in the sixth.  Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) singled to start a two-out rally.  Shumaker drove her home with a double and after a single by Delane Smith (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest HS), Kim Fesperman (Kannapolis, N.C./S. Rowan HS) singled home a run for a 4-1 lead.

Adams doubled home two runs in the seventh to make it 6-1.  Tysinger tossed the complete game, walked two and struck out three.  Stinanrd, Naturile and Gerone each had two hits in an 11-hit attack.

Carter and Christina Walker each had two of the five Bear hits.  Maryann Hoskins (14-5) took the loss.  She also threw a complete game, walking one and posting three strikeouts.

Catawba closes out its home schedule as it hosts Lincoln Memorial on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 pm.

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