Gerone's Two Homers Help Softball to First NCAA Win


DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Catawba junior Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison HS) hit a pair of home runs to lead the Catawba Indians to a 13-4 win over Anderson in the opening game of the NCAA II Southeast Regional 1 Softball Tournament on Friday at Hill Stadium.  The win marked the first NCAA post-season win for the fourth-seeded Lady Indians, who improve to 30-15. 

Catawba advances in the winner’s bracket and will face either top-seeded North Georgia or eighth-seeded Limestone on Saturday at noon.  Anderson, the fifth seed, falls to 39-15 and will face an elimination game on Saturday at 2:30 pm.

Catawba had seen an early 5-0 lead dwindle to 5-4 entering the bottom of the fifth when Gerone struck for her first home run.  The two-run home run followed a two-out hit by Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston HS) and put the Lady Indians up 7-4.

The Lady Indians struck for six runs in the sixth to end the game.  Gerone’s three-run homer ened it and capped her five-RBI effort.  In her last two games, Gerone has hit five home runs and accounted for 10 RBI.

Catawba took the lead in the second on a solo home run by Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS).  The teams then endured about a three-hour weather delay before resuming action in the top of the third.  In the bottom of the third, Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston HS) doubled the Catawba lead with a two-out homer.  After a walk and a single, an error led to two more runs before Shumaker capped the frame with a RBI single and a 5-0 lead.

Anderson battled back into the game.  Rebecca Martin doubled home a run with two outs in the fourth with the first hit off Catawba pitcher Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS).  The Trojans struck again with two outs in the fifth.  Chelsea Jones singled home one run, while two more runs scored on errors to cut the margin to 5-4.  Gerone swung the momentum back to Catawba with her home run in the bottom half of the frame.

Adams picked up three of Catawba’s 13 hits on the night.  Shumaker had two RBI and along with  Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C/Cox Mill HS), joined Gerone with two hits.  Tysinger improved to 26-9 with the complete game.  She allowed four runs (two earned) off four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Jones (14-6) took the loss for Anderson as she pitched into the third.  She allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.  Lauren Rudesheim finished the final two and two-thirds innings.

Catawba is making just its second regional appearance and did not win in a game in its first appearance in 2012.  The Lady Indians lost 2-0 to 12th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne and 1-0 to host and ninth-ranked Armstrong in those two games.

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Tennis (W) @ North Greenville, 2:00
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Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne, 7:00


«September 2018»
September 1

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INV. (Salisbury Community Park) M-1st;W-1st

Volleyball @ Florida Southern 1-3

Football @ West Georgia 3-34

Volleyball vs. Wilmington,DE 3-0

Soccer (M) @ Erskine 0-1

September 3

Soccer (W) @ USC Aiken 1-0

September 5

Soccer (M) @ Mount Olive 1-2

September 7

Volleyball vs. Barton 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. BARTON 1-0

Volleyball @ Augusta 0-3

September 8

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. West Alabama 0-3

Football @ Winston-Salem State 34-7

Soccer (M) @ USC Aiken 3-0

September 9

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2) 

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION 3-1

September 10

Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen CC) 

Golf (M) @ Coker Inv. - Day 1 (Camden CC) 

September 11

Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen CC) 2nd of 9

Golf (M) @ Coker Inv. - Day 2 (Camden CC) 13th of 14

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 2-3

September 12

Soccer (W) vs. NEWBERRY 4-1

Soccer (M) vs. NEWBERRY 0-3

September 15

Cross Country @ Winthrop Invitational, ccd. 9 a.m.

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill, ppd. 1 p.m.

Swimming @ SAA Open Water, ccd. 4 p.m.

Football vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 7 p.m.

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. ccd. 

Volleyball @ Queens 3-2

September 19

Soccer (W) @ Queens 1-0

Soccer (M) @ Queens 2-8

September 21

Tennis (M) @ North Greenville 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ North Greenville 2 p.m.

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 7 p.m.

September 22

Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Inv. - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Football @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3:30 p.m.

September 23

Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Inv. - Day 2 (Old South GC)

September 24

Golf (M) @ King Inv. - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv. - Day 2 (CC of Bristol)

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 7 p.m.

September 26

Soccer (W) vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Mars HIll 7 p.m.

September 27

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

September 28

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 7 p.m.

September 29

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

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

Cross Country @ USC Upstate Invitational 9 a.m.

Football vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 1:30 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Tusculum 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Tusculum 7 p.m.

September 30

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

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

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