Softball suffers first league losses

SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate swept a doubleheader from host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Sunday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Bulldogs took the opener 1-0 in eight innings and won the second game by a score of 10-1. Wingate improves to 19-13 overall and 3-3 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 19-15 and 4-2. Pitching was the story in the opener as Catawba’s Megan Wilson (Stuart, VA) and Wingate’s Katie Wallace (Naples, FL) tossing shutouts through seven innings. Wingate would break the ice in the first extra frame as Sarah Menser (Charlotte, NC) blooped a single to center with two outs to drive home Grace Cunningham (Camden, SC), who began the inning at second due to the tiebreaker rule. Catawba got runners on first and third with one out in its eighth, but Ashley Rhoades (China Grove, NC) was thrown out at the plate on a squeeze bunt and Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL) grounded out to end the game. Each pitcher allowed five hits in their eight innings with the only run being unearned. Wallace record seven strikeouts. Catawba’s Rivera was the only batter to collect two hits in the opener. Each team scored a run in the second inning of game two. Stephanie White (Eatonton, GA) singled home the Wingate run, while Toni Vodola (Wall, NJ) singled home the run for the Lady Indians. A pair of errors to open the Bulldog fifth would lead to nine runs and decide the outcome. A bunt hit by Courtney Artis (Goldsboro, NC) was played into a triple on a two-base throwing error, while a dropped pop up would lead to the first run. After a force out, the next six Wingate runners reached base, including a pair of two-run doubles by Cunningham and White. Menser capped the inning with a solo home run. Wallace earned the win for the Bulldogs, allowing three hits over five innings to improve to 14-8. #####

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