Gerone's Record Breaking Three Homer Day Leads Softball to SAC Championship

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Catawba won its first championship in fast pitch softball by topping Anderson 7-3 to claim the title at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Byerly Park.  The third-seeded Catawba Indians improve to 29-15 and gain an automatic berth into the NCAA II Southeast Region Tournament which will begin on May 8.  The 23rd-ranked Trojans fall to 39-13.

Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) highlighted the win as she connected on a school-record three home runs to account for five RBI.  Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) limited Anderson to just four hits to improve to 25-9 on the year.

With the wind blowing out, Catawba took advantage with three home runs in the bottom of the first.  After an 11-pitch opening at bat by Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C/Cox Mill HS), Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) hit the first pitch she saw out to left to put the Lady Indians on the board.  Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS) made it back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches, driving one out to center.

Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) nearly made it three home runs on three pitches, but Trojan right fielder Courtney Czentnar pulled her drive back inside the park.  Gerone followed with her first home run of the game to make it 3-0 after an inning.

Tysinger sat down Anderson in order over the first three innings and Gerone doubled the lead in the Catawba third with a three-run homer.  Singles by Turner and Adams set the stage for Gerone's two-out blast to center.

In the fourth, Jessica Neidigh walked to give the Trojans their first base runner and Cailah Niles homered two batters later to make it 6-2.  Anderson had two more runners in the fourth, on a walk and hit batter, but Tysinger worked out of trouble.

Gerone led off the sixth with her record-breaking homer to make the score 7-2.  Czentnar led off the seventh for Anderson with home run, but Tysinger shut the door and posted a strikeout to end the game.

Gerone was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Turner had a pair of hits and scored twice.  Tysinger would walk three, hit one and fan 11 in tossing the complete game.  Lauren Rudesheim (18-7) took the loss for Anderson, pitching the first inning.

Catawba will be making its second appearance in the NCAA regionals.  The Lady Indians previously made it in 2012.

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Cross Country @ SAC Championships, 9:00
Volleyball @ Tusculum, 12:30VideoStats
Swimming @ Wingate, 2:00
Football @ Tusculum, 2:30AudioVideoStats
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM, 5:00VideoStats
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM, 7:30VideoStats


«October 2017»
October 1

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

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

October 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships 9 a.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.

Swimming @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.

October 24

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

Volleyball 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