February 16, 2020
Softball Bounces Back With Sweep of UNC Pembroke
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- Catawba swept a softball doubleheader at UNC Pembroke on Sunday afternoon at the UNCP Softball Field. The Catawba Indians improved to 6-2 with wins of 3-1 and 7-2. The Braves fall to 4-8.
Catawba scored single runs in each of the first three innings of the opener. Riley Tucker singled home the first run then scored in the third on a hit by Gracie Gibson.
Jordan Adcox singled home a run with two outs for UNCP in the third, but that was all Brooke Walser would allow as she earned a win in her first decision of the year. Walser worked around five hits with three walks, but stranded 10 Brave runners, including five in the final two innings.
Tucker, Gibson and Kayla Pedersen each had two hits in the opener. Malerie Leviner (2-2) took the loss for UNCP. She gave up eight hits and walked three to go with seven strikeouts. Rend Wethering collected three hits and scored a run.
The Lady Indians overcame a 2-1 deficit in game two, scoring three times in the fourth and adding three more in the seventh. Pedersen drove in a run on a ground out for Catawba in the second, but UNCP answered. Alex Watkins squeezed home a run in the Brave second and Mary Sells’ double put the hosts up 2-1 in the third.
Pedersen singled home Jordan Dean for the second time in the fourth to tie the game then Allie Baker put Catawba on top with a sacrifice fly. One of three Kasey Rowden hits pushed the margin to 4-2. The Lady Indians struck with two outs in the seventh.
Gibson walked and Pedersen singled in front of a triple by Baker that upped the lead to 6-2. Sydney Goertzen followed with a double and a 7-2 edge. Preston Ellenberg (2-0) hurled seven inning for the win. She gave up five hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.
Pedersen joined Rowden with three hits for Catawba. Baker and Goertzen each had two. Tatum Brummitt had two hits for UNCP. Abby White (0-2) took the loss. She went five innings.
Catawba is set to host Francis Marion for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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