Softball Claims Two Wins on Opening Day


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Catawba opened its softball season on Saturday with a pair of wins at the Armstrong State Softball Field.  The Catawba Indians topped Lincoln Memorial 9-4 then knocked off Armstrong 5-1 in eight innings.  It also marked the season opener for LMU, while Armstrong falls to 3-3. 

Catawba took advantage of a Lincoln Memorial error to blow open a close game in the opener.  With two outs in the third and Ashley Wagoner at second, Kristen Stinnard's grounder to short was thrown away at first allowing Wagoner to score the game's first run.

The Lady Indians weren't done in the frame.  Two walks later, Katherine Shumaker cleared the bases with a double to left center to make it 4-0.  When Morgan Brann followed with the year's first home run, Catawba led 6-0.  Shumaker connected on a three-run homer in the fourth to push the lead to 9-0.

LMU got its first runs in the fifth after a pair of Catawba errors.  The Railsplitters mounted one final rally in the seventh.  Parker Brantley singled home a run and a second run scored on an error.  Preston Ellenberg got BriAnna Schrimpf to pop up second with the bases loaded to end the game.

Carley Tysinger went the first four innings to gain the win.  She allowed just one hit with no walks and 10 strikeouts.  Shumaker picked up six RBI on her double and home run.

Tysinger not only grabbed her second win in the circle against Armstrong, but provided the big swing with a grand slam in the eighth.  After the tiebreaker runner started at second and was sacrificed to third, Armstrong walked Caroline Turner and Stinnard reached on a bunt single to set up the Tysinger home run.

Armstrong had led 1-0 through five after Hannah Reppert led off the third with a home run.  Catawba tied the game in the sixth when Gina Gerone doubled home Tysinger from first with two outs.

Stinnard had two of Catawba's six hits.  Shumaker picked up a hit to give her three on the day.  Tysinger fanned 13 with no walks as she improved to 2-0.

Catawba and Armstrong will battle again on Sunday at 11 am.


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