Softball drops Twinbill at Catawba

Softball drops Twinbill at Catawba
SALISBURY, N.C. --- The Tusculum College softball team suffered two losses from Catawba College on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, North Carolina. The Indians won the first game 4-0 before taking the second contest 5-4 on a walkoff single.

Tusculum falls to an even 14-14 overall and 4-6 in the SAC while Catawba improves to 14-12 and 3-5 in the league. TC will be back in action on Tuesday when they play host to Anderson University for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Red Edmonds Field.

Game 1: Catawba 4, Tusculum 0 (Box Score)

Carley Tisinger had 12 strikeouts en route to her ninth win of the season as Catwaba defeated Tusculum 4-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.

Tisinger (10-6) surrendered just three hits and two walks in the winning effort. Rachel Medley (5-8) suffered the loss after allowing two earned runs on five hits in just an inning and a third of work. Cayla Cecil pitched five and a third innings in relief and tallied four strikeouts.

The Indians put up a run in each bottom half of the first and second innings. Taylor Adams hit an RBI single for the first run of the game while Kimberly Fesperman scored the second run on a wild pitch. Caroline Turner and Holli Chandler each had RBI doubles as Catawba took a 4-0 lead after five complete.

The Pioneers threatened to put runs on the board after getting runners in scoring positions it the top of the first and second innings, including a double by Treslyn Reese, but couldn't push anything across the plate.

Cecil and Kaytlin Stroinski each hit doubles in the fourth and sixth innings respectively but the Pioneers trailed 4-0 heading to the seventh inning. Robin Stoner reached base on an error in the frame, but Tisinger struck out Carolyn Williamson to end the game.

Game 2: Catawba 5, Tusculum 4 (Box Score)

Reese hit her seventh homerun of the year, but Katherine Shumaker hit a walkoff single after Catawba erased a 4-1 deficit and claimed a 5-4 victory to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Nicole Ball finished 2-for-3 at the plate for Tusculum while Brooke Rhodes drove in two runs with a double. Shumaker had three RBIs on two hits while Taylor Adams had two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Tysinger won her second game of the day after striking out seven and giving up just one hit in three innings in relief. Eliza Davis took the loss after surrendering 14 hits and five earned runs.

After Catawba jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, Reese took Catawba starter Turner deep to right field to tie the game at 1-1 after an inning and a half. TC jumped out to a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the third. Ball and Alix Kruel each had singles to open the frame, and were both in scoring position when Rhodes drove them in with the two-bagger. Rhodes later came home to score on a throwing error by Catawba third baseman Adams.

With Tysinger taking care of business in the circle, Catawba made the score 4-3 with a two-run sixth inning. The Indians completed the comeback after tying the game at 4-4 on Adam's double in the bottom of the seventh before Shumaker pushed across the game-winner two batters later.