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Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Ninth-Ranked Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Catawba upset nationally-ranked Carson-Newman, sweeping a doubleheader from the ninth-ranked Eagles on Saturday afternoon at the Vick. The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 6-3 and 8-7 to improve to 16-11 overall and 4-2 in the SAC. The Eagles fall to 14-5 and 1-5.

Catawba did damage in the sixth inning in both wins. The Lady Indians scored three in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie in the opener. In game two, Catawba scored five runs in the sixth to rally from a 7-3 deficit to take the win.

Sierrah McCarthy reached on an error to open the big sixth inning of game two. She would come around to score on a two-run, pinch-hit single by Summer Howerton to make it 7-5. Taylor Martin hit a sacrifice and Jordan Dean followed with a double to tie the game at 7-7. Leah Huggins singled home Dean to complete the comeback.

Madison Hunter (7-3), who earned wins in relief of both games, shut out the Eagles over the last three innings. C-N had scored four in the fourth to go on top, capped by a two-run homer by KaraLynne Levi. Hunter faced just 10 batters over the final three frames, giving up one hit and posting three strikeouts.

Sydney Goertzen and Kaylee Cook each had three hits in the game two win. Dean and Huggins had two hits, while Howerton and Martin collected two RBI.

Levi drove in three on two hits for C-N. Abby Fiessinger had three hits and Lacie Rinus two hits and two RBI. Rinus (6-2) suffered the loss in the circle. She gave up eight run (four earned) off 12 hits.

In the opener, Catawba scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth to go up 2-1. Cook tripled home a run in the fifth for a 3-2 edge, but C-N tied it on a triple by Rinus in the bottom half to even the game.

Dean doubled for the Lady Indians to start the sixth and stole third with one out. She would score the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice grounder by Carlee Brawley. McCarthy padded the lead by tripling home Brawley then scored the final run on a triple by Goertzen.

Hunter entered after the triple by Rinus and threw three hitless innings of relief. She walked two and fanned three in picking up the win. Goertzen had two hits in the opener to give her five for the doubleheader.

Rinus had two hits for the Eagles. Allison Rager (7-3), who homered, was the losing pitcher. She gave up six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

Catawba heads to Hickory, N.C., for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with Lenoir-Rhyne.

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