Gibson Homers Twice as Softball Gets Split at Wingate


WINGATE, N.C. -- Catawba split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader with host Wingate on Wednesday afternoon at the WU Softball Complex. The Catawba Indians rallied for a 6-5 win in the opener, but Wingate picked up a 6-2 win in the second game. Catawba is now 18-15 overall and 6-6 in the SAC. The Bulldogs are 27-13 and 6-6.

Gracie Gibson led off the sixth inning of game one with a home run to pull Catawba even at 5-5. With two outs in the seventh, Jordan Dean singled and stole second. That set up Leah Huggins, who delivered a single to plate Dean with the eventual winning run.

Wingate got the tying run to second in the bottom half, but Madison Hunter got a fly out then a strike out following a walk to end the game. She improved to 9-4 in the circle as she pitched the final three innings in relief of Preston Ellenberg. The duo combined to allow just seven hits and fanned three.

Catawba benefited from a Wingate error to score four times in the third. Kaylee Cook had put the Lady Indians up 1-0 before the error then Taylor Martin added a sacrifice fly before RBI singles by Dean and Huggins.

Two walks and a two-run double by Jordan Floyd cut Catawba’s lead to 4-2 in the fourth. Wingate went on top in the fifth. A two-out error allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate.

Dean had three hits in the opener. Huggins had two hits with two RBI and Carlee Brawley also had two hits.

Back-to-back doubles from Aubrey Reep and Emma Swenson gave Wingate a 2-0 lead after an inning in game two. Catawba battled back to tie it as Gibson homered in the fourth and hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Wingate’s leadoff batter reached on an error to start the sixth and the Bulldogs went on to score four times. Sapp’s single put Wingate on top and Mary Claire Coyne hit a sacrifice fly. Swenson capped the frame with a two-run single.

Cook collected three hits for Catawba. Martin added two hits. Hunter (9-5) took the loss in relief with only one of the four runs she allowed being earned. Reep (13-4) was the winner for Wingate. She struck out eight and allowed eight hits in the complete game.

Catawba travels to King on Saturday to make up a postponed doubleheader with the Tornado at 2 p.m.

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

Today's Events

Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Invitational - Day 1 (Old South GC),
Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede (Wingate Univ.), 8:30Stats
Volleyball vs. WINGATE, 2:00VideoStats
Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL, 5:00VideoStats
Football @ UNC Pembroke, 7:00AudioVideoStats
Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL, 7:30VideoStats


«September 2019»
September 7

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Invitational (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Invitational (Day 1) 

Cross Country in FLEET FEET INVITE (Salisbury Community Park) W-2nd;M-2nd

Football vs. WEST GEORGIA 9-37

Soccer (W) @ Lynn 4-1

Soccer (M) @ Barton 2-3

September 8

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Invitational (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Invitational (Day 2) 

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE, ppd. 7 p.m.

September 9

Golf (M) @ Anderson Invitational - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Golf (W) @ Anderson Invitational (Day 1) - (Cobbs Glen GC)

September 10

Golf (M) @ Anderson Invitational - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC) 5th of 10

Golf (W) @ Anderson Invitational (Day 2) - (Cobbs Glen GC) 2nd of 9

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-3

September 11

Soccer (W) @ Francis Marion 2-1

Soccer (M) @ North Greenville 4-0

September 13

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 0-3

September 14

Football @ Winston-Salem State 21-14

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 3-0

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

September 17

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 18

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-4

September 20

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Tournament 12:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs. COKER 3-1

September 21

Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Invitational - Day 1 (Old South GC) 

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede (Wingate Univ.) 8:30 a.m.

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 5 p.m.

Football @ UNC Pembroke 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 7:30 p.m.

September 22

Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Invitational - Day 2 (Old South GC)

September 23

Golf (M) @ King Invitational - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 24

Golf (M) @ King Invitational - Day 2 (CC of Bristol)

September 25

Soccer (W) @ Columbus State 1 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 1)

Volleyball @ UVA-Wise 7 p.m.

September 28

Tennis (M) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 2)

Tennis (W) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 2)

Cross Country @ Hagen Stone Invite (Hagen-Stone Park)

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 1 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 3 p.m.

Football vs. WINGATE 7 p.m.

September 29

Tennis (M) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 3)

Tennis (W) @ Southeast ITA Championships (Day 3)


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