April 22, 2017
Softball Ends Season With Losses to Tusculum
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba wrapped up its 2017 softball season with a pair of losses to visiting Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Pioneers won by the scores of 16-3 and 9-8 to improve to 26-22 overall and 10-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Catawba Indians end the season at 11-40 and 2-18.
Tusculum rolled to a five-inning win in the opener. The Pioneers scored six runs in the first inning and led 14-1 after three and half frames. Rachel Wisner had a two-run homer in the first and Taylor Battle a three-run homer in the fourth.
Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C./N. Johnston) doubled home a run for Catawba in the second, while she doubled and scored in the fourth. Sierrah McCarthy (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Socastee) singled home both runs in the fourth. Turner and Beth Ann Martin (Salisbury, N.C./S. Rowan) had two hits for the Lady Indians.
Catawba went down fighting in the season-finale, nearly pulling out the win. The Lady Indians erased an early deficit with a five-run first. Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy) and Leah Huggins (Hope Mills, N.C./Gray’s Creek) drove in the tying runs, while Grace Holland (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) cleared the bases with a three-run double to make it 5-2.
Tusculum pushed across five runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead before Catawba answered with three in its fifth to lead 8-7. Singles by Taylor Martin (Salisbury, N.C./W. Rowan) and Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) drove in the last two runs.
The Pioneers had one last answer. Emily Hester and Taylor Johnson connected on back-to-back homers to start the TC sixth, which proved to be just enough to take the one-run win. Beth Ann Martin singled with two outs in the seventh, but a groundout ended the game.
Stinnard and Shumaker both had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run in their final game. Turner picked up a hit and scored twice in her final collegiate contest.
Hester and Johnson each had three hits for Tusculum in game two. They both had two hits in the opener.
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