February 8, 2016
Indians Show Mercy in Sweep of Glenville State
SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba College softball team recorded a pair of victories over Glenville State University Monday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Catawba Lady Indians took the first game 9-1 in just five innings while holding strong in the second game for a 6-0 win. Catawba improves to 4-0 on the season as the Pioneers fall to 2-3.
In the first game of the doubleheader the Lady Indians jumped out early with seven quick runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Gina Gerone tallied the first RBI with a sacrifice bunt to score Kristen Stinnard. The sacrifice resulted in an errant throw to first which left Gerone safe on the bag with Carley Tysinger standing on second. Catcher, Katherine Shumaker took the opportunity drill in Tysinger with a double to left center. Preston Ellenberg brought in Gerone and Shumaker with a single down the rightfield line. Ellenberg was later brought in off an Ashley Wagoner single to center. After batting around the order, Stinnard would drive in the final two runs of the inning with a single to right.
In the second, Catawba showed mercy on the visiting Pioneers by pulling several starters after three quick hits from Gerone, Shumaker and Ellenberg. Glenville State’s starter on the mound, Miranda Cropp, lasted only 1.1 innings while giving up eight hits and as many runs while walking four and striking out one.
Catawba would score one in the second and one in the third to threaten the eight run mercy rule. The Lady Indians pitcher, Ellenberg, pitched a complete game giving up one hit in the fourth and one more in the fifth inning. The Pioneers hit in the fifth was a two out double from McKenzie Edmonds that drove in Madison Oney.
Ellenberg finished the game throwing five full innings and allowing just two hits and a run. The newcomer walked five but struck out three. The win was her first of her career.
Raven Greer replaced Cropp in the second inning and finished out the game for the Pioneers. The reliever fared much better by allowing only three hits, including a run and a walk but also striking out one.
In the second game, the Indians continued their dominance with four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Greer got the start for the Pioneers in the second game but was unable to last as long as she did in the first game. With one out in the first inning Greer threw a wild pitch that scored Catawba senior, Holli Chandler. Shumaker tallied her third double of the day to drive in Carley Tysinger. Morgan Brann recorded her second home run of the season to drive in Shumaker and herself.
Chandler got the second inning rolling for Catawba with a triple down the right field line. Stinnard drove in Chandler the next play with a sacrifice fly to right. Tysinger followed the run with one of her own, driving a homer out the left field fence.
Caroline Turner shutdown a hopeful Pioneer offense by allowing just two hits on her way to a complete game. The sophomore struck gave up just two walks while striking out eight.
Shumaker went 4-for-4 on the day with three doubles and a pair of RBIs. Stinnard and Ellenberg each got a pair of hits in the first game but did not get an official at bat in the second game. Stinnard led the team with three RBIs in the double header.
Catawba will return to action on Wednesday as they host Pfeiffer at 1:00 p.m.
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