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.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Soccer (M) Team Photo