April 22, 2017
Softball Ends Season With Losses to Tusculum
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba wrapped up its 2017 softball season with a pair of losses to visiting Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Pioneers won by the scores of 16-3 and 9-8 to improve to 26-22 overall and 10-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Catawba Indians end the season at 11-40 and 2-18.
Tusculum rolled to a five-inning win in the opener. The Pioneers scored six runs in the first inning and led 14-1 after three and half frames. Rachel Wisner had a two-run homer in the first and Taylor Battle a three-run homer in the fourth.
Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston) doubled home a run for Catawba in the second, while she doubled and scored in the fourth. Sierrah McCarthy (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Socastee) singled home both runs in the fourth. Turner and Beth Ann Martin (Salisbury, N.C./S. Rowan) had two hits for the Lady Indians.
Catawba went down fighting in the season-finale, nearly pulling out the win. The Lady Indians erased an early deficit with a five-run first. Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy) and Leah Huggins (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray’s Creek) drove in the tying runs, while Grace Holland (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) cleared the bases with a three-run double to make it 5-2.
Tusculum pushed across five runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead before Catawba answered with three in its fifth to lead 8-7. Singles by Taylor Martin (Salisbury, N.C./W. Rowan) and Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) drove in the last two runs.
The Pioneers had one last answer. Emily Hester and Taylor Johnson connected on back-to-back homers to start the TC sixth, which proved to be just enough to take the one-run win. Beth Ann Martin singled with two outs in the seventh, but a groundout ended the game.
Stinnard and Shumaker both had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run in their final game. Turner picked up a hit and scored twice in her final collegiate contest.
Hester and Johnson each had three hits for Tusculum in game two. They both had two hits in the opener.
Volleyball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 1-3
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)
Volleyball @ Queens 3-1
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 2) W-3rd;M-3rd
Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional W-12th;M-16th
Football vs. NEWBERRY 17-13
Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3
Volleyball vs. COKER 3-0
Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 70-72
Basketball (W) vs. Mount Olive 94-81
Volleyball @ Newberry 3-0
Football vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 24-20
Basketball (W) vs. Barton 49-58
Basketball (M) @ UNC Pembroke 67-91
Basketball (W) @ Fayetteville St. 46-69
Basketball (M) @ Albany State 77-69
Basketball (W) @ Bowie St. 58-66
Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 75-72
Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 83-72
Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 59-74 L
Basketball (W) @ Queens 73-44
Basketball (M) @ Queens 65-83
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