Softball Gets Opening Day Sweep at Augusta


AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Catawba opened its 2019 softball season with a doubleheader at Augusta on Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field. The Catawba Indians swept the doubleheader under first-year head coach Mandy Harris-Morgan, winning 2-1 and 5-2.

Preston Ellenberg (1-0) pitched Catawba to the win in the opener. She worked around four errors, allowing just one unearned run in the complete game. The junior allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out six. Not only did Ellenberg notch the win, she drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Augusta had taken the lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Savannah Gabriel reached on an error then came around to score on a double by Madelyn Libby.

Catawba came right back, benefiting from the lone Jaguar error that started the fourth. Kaylee Cook followed the error with a single then Leah Huggins tied the contest on a single. Ellenberg delivered her sacrifice fly for the 2-1 lead that she made stand up.

Augusta got a runner to second with two outs in the fifth, but Ellenberg got Lilly on a ground out to end the inning. She sat down the side in the sixth and seventh. Morgan Hunter (0-1) took the tough loss. She scattered three hits with a walk and two strikeouts over the seven frames. Sierrah McCarthy had the other hit for Catawba.

The Lady Indians spotted Augusta two runs in the bottom of the first of game two then battled back for the win. Catawba answered those early runs with a three-run second and stayed on top the rest of the way.

In the second, singles by Jordan Dean and Maddie Bell tied the game and Catawba went on top when Sydney Goertzen legged out an infield single to score Grace Holland. Holland added a sacrifice fly in the third and Dean capped the scoring with a home run in the seventh.

Brooke Walser (1-0) got the win, but needed help from Madison Hunter in the sixth after allowing two hits to open the frame. Hunter, who earned the save, retired three of the four batters she faced in the inning to keep the Jaguars off the scoreboard.

Walser went five and allowed two runs off four hits. She walked three and fanned two. Hunter hurled two hitless innings of relief, walked two and posting a pair of strikeouts.

Catawba out-hit Augusta 10-4 in game two. Ellenberg, Holland and Dean each had two hits. Meredith McClendon had two of the four Jaguar hits.

The Lady Indians come home to Whitley Field on Wednesday to face Limestone for a home doubleheader at 1 pm.

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Game 2 Box

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«February 2019»
February 1

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 1)

Baseball vs, Lynn 6-5

February 2

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-10

Softball @ Augusta 2-1

Softball @ Augusta 5-2

February 3

Esports League of Legends Show Match 2-1

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 8-2

February 4

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 3-1

February 6

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 1)

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 5-6

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 9-7

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 0-2

Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 41-56

Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 84-75

February 7

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 2)

February 8

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 3)

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

February 9

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-5th

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)

Tennis (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7-0

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 13-17

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 7-4

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 82-61

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 9-0

Basketball (M) @ Mars HIll 89-66

February 10

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 12-4

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 15-0

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 10-2

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 11-1

February 11

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns GC)

February 12

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 1) 

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns GC) 19th of 19

February 13

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Coker 62-43

Basketball (M) @ Coker 94-69

February 15

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Softball @ Barton 7-2

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 13-1

Lacrosse (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-10

Softball @ Barton 0-1

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-3

February 16

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 7-1

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 57-90

Lacrosse (W) @ Mount Olive 8-17

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 90-75

February 18

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

Tennis (W) @ Shaw 7-0

Tennis (M) @ Shaw 5-2

February 19

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 3rd of 10

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ppd. 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 13-1

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ppd. 3 p.m.

February 20

Lacrosse (W) vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 4 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (W) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.

February 22

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

February 23

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 1)

Softball @ USC Aiken 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 2 p.m.

Softball @ USC Aiken 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Florida Tech 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

February 24

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 2)

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 1 p.m.

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3 p.m.

February 26

Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.

February 27

Tennis (M) vs. JC SMITH 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 8 p.m.

February 28

Lacrosse (W) @ Limestone 4 p.m.

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Lacrosse (W) Team Photo