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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