May 6, 2016
A Pair of Losses End Year for Catawba Softball
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA -- A pair of losses ends the season for the Catawba College softball team as they are eliminated from the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Playoffs hosted by the University of North Georgia at Hill Stadium on Friday. The fourth seeded Catawba opened the day with a 1-0 loss to defending national champions and top seeded North Georgia. In the losers bracket the Catawba Lady Indians fell to #5 Georgia College 3-0 to suffer relegation from the tournament. Catawba falls to 39-16 on the year as North Georgia and Georgia College will meet on Saturday for the championship game.
In the opening game with North Georgia, the Nighthawks tallied their lone run of the game in the bottom of the third. Hannah McSwain opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Leadoff hitter Meagen May moved McSwain to third with a bunt single towards first base. May stole second before a walk to Stephanie Hartness loaded the bases. Meredith Heyer produced a sacrifice fly to left field to score McSwain and ultimately win the game. A double play by Catawba’s Gina Gerone limited the damage done that inning.
Catawba ended the game with five hits and five runners left on base but only managed to put two as far as second base.
In the elimination game against Georgia College, the Bobcats scored a run in three of the first four innings of play. A two out, bases loaded passed ball allowed Georgia College’s Danielle Bernstein to score the first run in the bottom of the first. Bernstein scored again in the third after she sprinted out an infield single to reach base. After stealing second and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, a single to left center by Abi LeRoy brought the junior home. The Bobcats would secure the win with a pair of doubles to open the fourth and take the 3-0 lead.
Kristen Stinnard and Gerone each recorded two hits in the opening game to tally four of the five hits. Four different Lady Indians recorded the four Catawba hits in the second game. Morgan Brann was the only Lady Indians to record a multi-base hit with a double in the second inning against Georgia College.
Carley Tysinger took to the mound in both games for Catawba and falls to 32-11 on the year. The senior allowing 14 hits in 13 innings of actions and was credited with three of the four runs. Tysinger struck out eight batters in the first game and five in the second to end her season with 419 strikeouts. With 1,361 K’s in her career, Tysinger finishes #8 in All-time NCAA-II history for career strikeouts.
Courtney Poole garnered the win for the Nighthawks with the shutout on five hits. Poole struck out nine to advance to 51-2 on the year. Brooke Taylor lasted all seven innings for Georgia College and allowed just four hits while striking out one. Taylor, who took the loss in yesterday’s game, improves to 8-2 on the year.
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