February 17, 2016
Indians Take A Pair of Wins Off Belmont Abbey
BELMONT, N.C. -- The Catawba College softball team claimed a pair of wins at Belmont Abbey in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at Crusader Field. Catawba took the first game 3-0 with a 6-4 victory in the second game. The Catawba Lady Indians improve to 6-0 on the season while the Crusaders drop to 4-6.
In the top of the first inning in the first game, Catawba’s Kristen Stinnard reached base with a bunt to third. The speedster stole second and capitalized on a throwing error by their catcher, Katherine Starnes, to continue onto third and home. The Crusaders were able to recover to stop any Catawba momentum.
In the third, Catawba again capitalized on a Belmont Abbey error to extend their lead. After a Holli Chandler was the first Lady Indian to reach base after a nine pitch battle resulted in a walk for the senior. Belmont Abbey’s Sloane McPeak corralled a grounder from Caroline Turner but errantly missed on an attempt to stop Chandler at second. With two runners on Stinnard put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners into scoring position. A Tysinger walk loaded the bases where senior Gina Gerone was clutch with a two-run double to centerfield.
The Lady Indians turned to their ace, Tysinger to shut down the Crusaders in the first game. The senior added ten strikeouts in seven innings of work while allowing just four hits in the game. By adding the ten strikeouts, Tysinger has now recorded 975 K’s in her career.
Samantha Jacobs took the loss for the Crusaders after giving up four hits, three runs, and three strike outs in four innings of work. Over the final three innings of the game, Peyton Wilson allowed just two walks to shut down Catawba.
Belmont Abbey finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning of the second game. A pair of singles by Brooke Pegram and McPeak put runners at second and third. Catawba’s Gerone was tabbed with a fielding error at shortstop to bring in Pegram. A single from Brittney Ortiz brought in McPeak before Catawba pitcher, Turner, could get out of the inning.
The Lady Indians rallied in the second beginning with walks for Gerone and Katherine Shumaker. Preston Ellenberg loaded the bases with a single to left. After a fielder’s choice play at home, Ashley Wagoner brought in Shumaker on a groundout to second. A Leah Huggins walk reloaded the bases for the Lady Indians. With a full count, Chandler knocked everyone up a bag with a single to left. Errors once again helped the Indians as Stinnard reached base on a throwing error by from the shortstop. The poor toss resulted in two Catawba runs with Stinnard standing at second. Despite a Tysinger walk to load the bases, Belmont Abbey escaped without further damage.
A pair of Catawba errors in the third allowed a run to cross but the Lady Indians earned it back in the next half inning after Tysinger soared a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring home Wagoner.
The Crusaders stayed alive with a run in the fifth off an Ortiz home run. Catawba once again responded with an insurance run in the seventh. The run came after Delane Smith and Wagoner reached base with back-to-back singles. Again, a Belmont Abbey error failed to put out a Catawba batter resulting in Smith scoring.
Catawba relied on Turner to start the game on the rubber. The starter lasted three innings before being replaced after giving up a pair of hits and a run. Turner recorded five strikeouts and gave up two walks. Ellenberg finished out the game in the final four innings to claim the win for the Tribe. The freshman gave up five hits and three runs but only one score was earned. Ellenberg added two walks and two strikeouts to her totals on the day.
Shannan Mas took the loss for Belmont Abbey after going 4.1 innings. Mas gave up four hits, five runs and six walks. Laura Williams finished out the game, giving up four hits of her own.
Chandler and Wagoner has quality days at the plate as each went 3-for-6 on the afternoon. Gerone led the team in RBIs with two.
Catawba will face off again against the Crusaders on Friday as the teams will meet in Hickory as part of the three day LR/Catawba Invitational. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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