Tysinger Sets NCAA II Strikeout Record As Softball Wins In 16 Innings


HARROGATE, TN -- Sophomore Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) set a NCAA Division II record with 27 strikeouts as Catawba knocked off top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne 6-3 in 16 innings on the opening day of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday at Neely Field.  The Catawba Indians improve to 25-19 and will next face Tusculum at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  The Bears, ranked 12th in NCAA II, fall to 38-12 and will face Lincoln Memorial in an elimination game on Friday at 10 a.m.

Tysinger (18-9) broke the previous mark of Sonoma State’s Samantha Lipperd, who struck out 26 in an 11-inning game on March 30, 2012.  She would pitch 15 and two-thirds innings throwing 275 pitches.  She allowed three runs (two earned) off 13 hits and four walks with one hit batter. 

Catawba led 3-0 after five innings, but the Bears scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game.  The teams would post zeros over the next eight innings before the Lady Indians pushed across three runs in the 16th.  Taylor Adams (Smithfield, NC/N. Johnston HS) delivered the big hit with one-out with a two-run single up the middle to snap the tie.  She later scored on a single by Tysinger.  Tysinger did not record a strikeout in the 16th, but retired the Bears in order.

Lenoir-Rhyne had two good chances to score in extra innings.  The first came in the 11th, but Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian HS/N. Greenville) threw out a runner at the plate to end the frame.  In the 13th L-R put two on against Tysinger, who was briefly relieved by Emily Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS).  Huneycutt gave up a hit to load the bases then a groundout to force a runner at the plate.  Tysinger reentered to fan the final batter of the inning.

The Lady Indians left the bases loaded in the 10th, a runner at third in the 12th, hit into a double play with two runners on in the 14th and runners at second and third in the 15th before finally breaking through in the 16th.

Earlier in the game, a RBI double from Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, NY/Madison HS) and a run-scoring single by Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph HS) gave Catawba a 2-0 lead in the fifth.  Another run in the sixth made it 3-0. 

The Bears started their rally with two outs in the sixth.  After a walk and a hit batter, Lauren Elder doubled home a run and Ciera Cockerham followed with a RBI single.  Jodi Mizelle led of the Bear seventh with a triple and scored on a passed ball to send the game to extra frames.

Tysinger added three hits to her long day in the circle.  Hyder and Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) also had three hits.  Adams and Burgess picked up two hits.  Mizelle collected four hits for Lenoir-Rhyne, while Elder and Sydney Landreth each had three.

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