Fesperman's Clutch Two-Out Double Keys Softball's 3-1 Win Over LMU


HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Kim Fesperman (Kannapolis, N.C./S. Rowan HS) was the offensive hero for the second straight game for Catawba with a two-out, three-run double in the sixth that lifted the third-seed to a 3-1 win over Lincoln Memorial on Friday morning at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament at Byerly Park.  The Catawba Indians improve to 27-15 and advance to the winner’s bracket final on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm against the winner of the Carson-Newman/Newberry game.  The seventh-seeded Railspliltters fall to 23-23 and will face an elimination game later on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Indians overcame a 1-0 deficit with the two-out rally in the sixth that started with an error.  Lincoln Memorial had snapped the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth on a two-out home run by Megan Tice on a 1-1 pitch off Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS).

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, an error on the Railsplitters gave the Lady Indians a chance.  Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) reached on the error and Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS) followed with a single.  Tysinger pinch-hit and drew a four-pitch walk to set the stage for Fesperman.

Fesperman got down 0-2 in the count and after taking a pitch, launched a three-run double off the fence in centerfield to plate all three runs.  The senior has now accounted for all four Catawba runs in the tournament as she had a solo home run in a 1-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne.

Tysinger finished it off by sitting down LMU in order in the seventh as she improved to 23-9 on the year.  The junior allowed six hits walked one, hit two and fanned 13. 

Lincoln Memorial had the first scoring chance which came in the top of the second.  Meredith Johnson was hit by a pitch and Jennifer Moose doubles.  Tysinger worked out of it with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out.

The Lady Indians threatened in the fourth.  Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) and Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS) started the inning with singles.  After a failed sacrifice attempt, Gerone singled to load the bases.  Samantha Snow came back with a strikeout and a ground out to keep the game scoreless.

Snow (11-12) took the loss despite not giving up an earned run.  She also allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four.  Snow had thrown a no-hitter on Thursday in a five-inning upset of Anderson and kept Catawba hitless until the fourth.

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