Softball Heads To Sunday's Final Day Undefeated


HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Catawba pounded out 11 hits in advancing to Sunday's South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament final by topping Newberry 11-2 on Saturday at Byerly Park.  The third-seeded Catawba Indians improve to 28-15 and move to Sunday undefeated in the double-elimination tournament.  The fifth-seeded Wolves fall to 31-21 and will battle Anderson for a chance to get to Sunday's 1 pm championship.  Either team will have to beat Catawba twice to earn the title.

The game did not start well for Catawba as Newberry plated a pair of runs in the top of the first.  After a walk and a hit batter to open the game, Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) came back to strike out the next two batters.  With two outs, Ann Dee Priest and Hailey Drawe drove in runs with singles up the middle.

Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) quickly turned the game around in the bottom of the first.  Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C/Cox Mill HS) led off with a bunt single and Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) singled.  After a sacrifice by Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS), Adams connected on a three-run homer and the Lady Indians were off and running.  Before the frame was over Holli Chandler (New London, N.C./N. Stanly HS) had added a two-run single for a 5-2 lead.

After a short weather delay following the first inning, Catawba added to the margin in the second.  Naturile tripled and scored on a two-out single by Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS). After a walk to Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS), Gerone scored on a wild pitch.

The game was halted again at that point for nearly two hours and when the contest resumed Emily Huneycutt (Oakboro, N.C./W. Stanly HS) homered to right on the first pitch and it was 9-2.  Turner and Naturile added RBI singles in the third to make it 11-2.

Newberry had runners in each inning except the second, but Tysinger kept the Wolves off the scoreboard after the first.  Newberry tried to keep the game going by loading the bases in the fifth.  Tysinger got a strikeout and pop up to end the game in five innings.

Turner, Naturile, Gerone and Huneycutt all had two hits in an 11-hit outburst by the Lady Indians.  Shumaker walked in all three of her plate appearances and scored twice.  Stinnard, Turner and Gerone also crossed the plate twice.

Tysinger improved to 24-9, winning for the 16th time in her last 18 starts.  She gave up the two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.  Brittany Middleton (9-9) took the loss after a rough first inning.

Catawba is 18-5 since a doubleheader loss to Carson-Newman in late March.  It marks the third time in five years the Lady Indians will play in the tournament final and the second time in three years they advance undefeated to the final day.

Box Score

Today's Events

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round),
Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round), 4:00VideoStats
Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, 5:00Stats


«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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