April 23, 2016
Softball Settles For Split of Doubleheader at Tusculum
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Catawba and Tusculum split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Edmonds Field. The Catawba Indians claimed the opener 1-0, while the Pioneers fought back for a 3-0 decision in game two. Catawba stands at 34-13 overall and 18-4 in the SAC, taking the second seed in the upcoming SAC Tournament. Tusculum ends its season at 21-31 and 6-16.
Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson) held the Pioneers off the board with a four-hit shutout in the opener. She walked one, hit one and fanned 10. The win tied the school record for most in a season with 27.
Catawba had the leadoff runner on in each of the first three innings, but failed to push a run across. Tysinger sat down the first seven Pioneer batters before Rachel Wisner tripled with one out in the third. An infield single followed, but Wisner did not advance and Tysinger struck out the next two batters to keep the game scoreless.
The Lady Indians finally pushed across a run in the sixth. Morgan Brann (Beulaville, N.C./E. Duplin) led off with a single and a one-out single and a fielder's choice loaded the bases. Pinch-runner Beth Ann Martin (Salisbury, N.C./S. Rowan) would score the lone run when Lynnsey Taylor (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray's Creek) reached on an error.
Tusculum had two runners on in each of the final two innings, but Tysinger never let a runner to third. Brann and Taylor Adams (Smithfield, N.C./N. Johnston) each had two hits for Catawba. The Lady Indians had 10 hits, but left 11 on base.
The Pioneers scored all three of their runs in the second inning of game two. A one-out error helped lead to the runs as Tusculum got a go-ahead RBI single from Taylor Battle with two outs and increased the lead on a two-run single by Carolyn Williamson.
Tysinger stranded two in the second and runners at second and third in both the fourth and the fifth, but the Catawba offense couldn't get going off Eliza Davis. Davis (11-16) shutout the Lady Indians on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. She was the tough-luck loser in game one.
Catawba produced a pair of two-out hits it the first, but did not get more than one runner on again in an inning until the seventh. Adams walked and Holli Chandler (New London, N.C./N. Stanly) singled to start the inning. Davis then got a pop up and a line drive double play off the bat of Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston) to end the game.
Tysinger, now 27-8, did not allow an earned run in taking the loss. She surrendered seven hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts. Taylor had two of Catawba's seven hits.
Catawba will face Newberry in its first game of the SAC Tournament on Thursday at 12:30 pm. The tournament is being held from Thursday through Sunday at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C.
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