Softball Topped Twice Friday at NCFA Kickoff Classic


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Catawba dropped two games on Friday in the NFCA Leadoff Classic at the Moore Softball Complex.  The Catawba Indians lost the opener 8-0 to Wayne State then fell 2-0 to Texas A&M-Commerce.  Catawba now stands at 0-6 on the year.  It was the opener for WSU, while Commerce improved to 6-1.

Brooke Walser (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson) no-hit Wayne State over the first four innings, but was behind 1-0 after an error and two walks in the first inning led to an unearned run on a Kylee Barrett sacrifice fly.  Catawba left a runner at third in the first, one at second in the second and another at third in the fourth.

The game unravels for Catawba in the top of the fifth after two were out and the bases empty.  An error after a single would lead to seven unearned runs.  Megan Guitar and Hailey Lazarek both had two-run singles in the frame.  The game ended after five when Catawba failed to score.

Walser allowed five unearned runs over four and two-thirds innings.  She surrendered three hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.  Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston), Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy) and Delane Smith (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest) had the three Catawba hits.

Catawba and Commerce battled through five scoreless innings before the Lions broke the deadlock in the bottom of the sixth.  A walk and a single started the inning then both runners moved up on a fly ball.  December Rivers came through with a two-run single and that would be the only runs of the game.

The Lady Indians left a runner at third in the first, but did not get another running into scoring position until the sixth.  Again, Catawba would get a runner to third, but failed to bring home a run. 

Kaylee Cook (Kannapolis, N.C./Brown) took the loss.  She gave up the two runs on five hits with a pair of walks.  Turner, Shumaker, Smith and Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) accounted for the Catawba hits.

Catawba continues play in the tournament on Saturday.  The Lady Indians take on Hillsdale and West Chester.

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