Softball

Indians Split with Pembroke, Tysinger #25 in NCAA Strikeouts

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SALISBURY, NC -- Carley Tysinger secured her place in the NCAA record books as the Catawba College softball team split a doubleheader with UNC Pembroke in non-conference play Monday afternoon at Whitley Field. Catawba took the first game 6-1 before falling to the Braves 8-6 in the eighth inning. Catawba moves to 14-7 on the year while Pembroke now stands at 11-8-1.

Catawba broke open the first game in the third inning when Gina Gerone recorded a three-run homer to left center.

Pembroke challenged in the fifth with bases loaded and one out, but Catawba pitcher, Tysinger forced and pop up to second for the second out. Indians second baseman, Delane Smith saved a couple runs by snaring the third out on a shallow line drive towards center.

In the fifth inning, a pair of doubles started another three run inning for the Catawba Lady Indians. Caroline Turner recorded the first two-bagger before Kristen Stinnard stretched out a double to put runners at second and third. Smith singled a shot up the middle to score both runners and put Catawba up 5-0. Taylor Adams would later drive in Smith for the insurance run.

A pair of hits for Pembroke in the seventh put the Braves on the board but a ground out sealed their fate.

Tysinger took the win for Catawba with eight strikeouts. The senior allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk. Pembroke's Katie Saunders took the loss on the mound after surrendering six runs, five of which were earned, as well as eight hits and a walk. Saunders struck out just one batter in the loss.

Pembroke took no time at all in the second game as they scored three runs in the first. All three runs came on a homerun from Toni Nelson. Catawba responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning when a wild pitch brought home Turner.

A solo homer from Whitney Jackson put Pembroke out to a 4-1 lead in the top of the third. The lead was still not secure after Catawba's Ashley Wagoner scored in the fourth. In the bottom of the sixth, Reagan Bray led off the inning with a double for the Indians. Wagoner drove her in with a single through the left side. A Pembroke throwing error tied up the game after bringing in wagoner from second. 

In the eighth, a grand slam from Jamie Johnson gave the Pembroke leadoff hitter her only hit of the game. Catawba's Morgan Brann bombed a shot down the right field line for the two run homer in the bottom of the eighth, but the Lady Indians couldn't muster any more runs. 

Tysinger claimed the loss for game two after throwing the final four innings in relief after replacing Turner.  Turner took the first four innings and gave up four runs on six hits and a pair of walks. The sophomore struck out two batters in the process. Tysinger gave up four hits and four runs as well. Tysinger matched Turner in walks but struck out five in the process. Catawba's ace now stands at 1,063 strikeouts in her career which now ranks #25 in NCAA Division II history.

Abbey Walters picked up the win in game two after allowing 11 hits and six runs, which only four were earned.

Wagoner, who did not play in the first game, went 3-for-4 in the second game. Stinnard was a perfect 3-for-3 in the first game and added a hit in the second. Gerone's homer in the first game was just one of three hits on the day for the senior. 

Catawba will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Barton for a 1:00 p.m. game.

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