Softball Drops Pair to Mars Hill


MARS HILL, N.C. -- Mars Hill swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Catawba on Saturday night at Ponder Field.  The Lions improve to 11-23 overall and 4-8 in the SAC, winning 8-0 and 8-2.  The Catawba Indians fall to 10-33 and 3-11.

Sydney Elkin held Catawba to just three hits in hurling the five-inning shutout in the opener.  She improved to 6-7, walking none and striking none. 

Mars Hill went on top in the second on a two-run homer Krista Romine.  Cassie Dahle added a RBI double to make it 3-0 after two.  The Lions put the game away in the fourth as they pushed across five runs.  Hannah Smith capped a stretch of four straight two-out RBI hits with a two-run double.

Nicole Hunter (Thomasville, N.C./Wheatmore), Keri Faulkner (Albemarle, N.C./N. Stanly) and Beth Ann Martin (Salisbury, N.C./S. Rowan) had the hits for the Lady Indians.

Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancey) got Catawba off to a lead in game two as she connected on a two-run homer in the first.  The lead was short lived as Mars Hill answered in the bottom half, taking a 3-2 lead on a home run by Casey Stanek. 

Taylor Lail capped a three-run second for Mars Hill with a two-run homer and Ragan Broome ended the scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth.  Shelby Culler (3-6) picked up the win, allowing two runs off seven hits over seven innings.  She walked two and fanned five.

Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston) and Leah Huggins (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray’s Creek) each had two hits for Catawba.

Catawba travels to Queens on Wednesday for a 2 pm doubleheader.

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