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Smith's Walk Off Hit Gets Softball Split With Millersville

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba gained a split of a softball doubleheader with visiting Millersville, taking game two on Delane Smith's walk off single in the seventh.  The Catawba Indians dropped the opener 10-1 before rallying for the 9-8 win in game two.  Catawba is 16-9 on the year, while the Mauraders stand at 9-7.

Millersville had went ahead 8-7 in the top of the seventh on a two-out single by Megan Hallock.  Beth Ann Martin got the final inning started for Catawba with a two-out double.  She scored the tying run when Kristen Stinnard grounded out to third for the second out.  Smith followed with a ball just inside the bag at third to plate Caroline Turner with the winning run.

The Lady Indians entered the bottom of the fifth down 5-3.  Morgan Brann led off with a home run that sparked a four-run frame.  Sierra McCarthy singled home the tying and run and Martin put Catawba on top with a grounder to short. 

The Marauders opened the sixth with five straight singles to tie the game before Turner got out of the jam without allowing another run.  She caught back-to-back batters looking then got a fly out to end the frame.  Millersville had led 5-0 after two innings, getting a two-run homer in the first from Kesley Campbell and a three-run homer from Heather Lutz in the second.

Martin, Turner and Gina Gerone all had three hits for Catawba in the nightcap.  Martin had two RBI and Taylor Adams two hits.  Turner, now 4-4, picked up the win in relief.  She went five and a third innings, allowing three runs off nine hits with five strikeotus.

Adams had given Catawba a 1-0 lead in the opener with her single in the second.  Millersville's Megan McCurdy would bring the Mauraders back as she hit a solo home run in the fourth and a grand slam in the fifth.  She also added a two-run single in the sixth to finish the game with seven RBI.

Mandy Hammond had three hits in each game for Millersville.  Lutz drove in four in the nightcap loss.  Brianna Andraos (4-4) had the decision in both games.  She tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing six hits with a pair of strikeouts.  She gave up two runs on four hits in two innings of work in game two.

Brann and Reagan Bray each had two hits for Catawba in the opener.  The Lady Indians played without Holli Chandler and Carley Tysinger, who were away on a class assignment.

Catawba returns to action next Saturday as the Lady Indians start conference play by hosting Brevard for a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.

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