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Softball Snaps Slide With Sweep of Limestone

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GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Catawba snapped a six-game slide with a doubleheader sweep of host Limestone on Sunday afternoon at Babe Ruth Field. The Catawba Indians won a pair of one-run games, 3-2 and 2-1 in eighth innings, to improve to 10-12 on the year. The Saints fell to 9-13.

Jordan Dean’s home run provided Catawba’s runs in the opener. Down a run in the fifth, Kasey Rowden reached on an infield single with out. With two outs, Taylor Martin drew walk that preceded Dean’s homer that gave the Lady Indians a 3-1 edge.

Limestone started the sixth with two singles, but reliever Brooke Walser got a double play grounder to help get out of the frame and allow just one run. Walser walked a batter with one out in the seventh, but retired the final two batters to nab her first save.

Summer Howerton (1-0) got the win with five innings of work. She scattered eight hits and allowed two runs with a walk and a strikeout. Walser gave up a hit with a walk and a strikeout over her two innings. Carlee Brawley had the other hit for Catawba in the opener.

Madison Chappell had two hits and a RBI for Limestone. Eryn Butler had two hits and scored a run. Caroline Ruth (4-6) took the loss. She allowed the three runs on three hits with four walks and one strikeout.

The teams battled through seven scoreless innings in game two before Catawba broke through in the eighth. Brawley started at second and the Saints misplayed Taylor Martin’s bunt. Martin stole second to put two Lady Indians in scoring position. Dean broke the scoreless tied with a RBI single and Martin scored on Gracie Gibson’s grounder to short.

Limestone opened its eighth with two singles, Haleigh Guenther driving in a run on her base hit. A sacrifice put runners at second and third, but Walser got a pop up to Martin and a line out to Dean to end the game.

Walser (3-4) picked up the win in relief. She hurled the final three and two-thirds innings, allowing the unearned run off four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Madison Hunter threw four and a third shutout innings. She gave up three hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Kaylee Cook had two hits.

Sydney Sullivan (1-3) took the loss for Limestone. She did not allow an earned run, scattering six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Catawba travels to Lincoln Memorial on Saturday for a conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.

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