Area Sports Briefs: Catawba softball, baseball get road sweeps
From staff reports
Make it a school-record-setting 11 wins in a row for Catawba’s softball team.
The Indians won 3-1 and 13-0 at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. Catawba (26-9, 10-0 SAC) is off to the best start in school history.
Holli Chandler drove in two runs in the first game.
Carley Tysinger allowed four hits and struck out nine.
In the second game, Catawba scored in all five innings for the mercy rule.
Tysinger pitched a five-inning shutout with eight strikeouts.
With 17 Ks on the day, Tysinger jumped to 1,179 career strikeouts and moved to 13th on the NCAA career strikeout list.
Tysinger, Katherine Shumaker and Kristen Stinnard recorded three hits each on the day.
Catawba hosts Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday. The Bears also are 10-0 in SAC play.
In Western Carolina’s doubleheader sweep of UNC Greensboro on Saturday, Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan) drove in three runs.
Sidney Grkman (Carson) drove in a run for the Spartans.
Catawba won a doubleheader at Brevard, taking 7-5 and 8-6 victories.
Catawba (22-11, 12-5 SAC) had to hang on for both hard-fought wins.
Will Albertson pounded out six hits in the two games, including four in the opener.
Albertson had hits in his first four at-bats in the opener and drove in three runs. He snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-out single in the sixth.
Christian Dix connected on a solo homer for Brevard in the eighth for a 5-all tie, but Catawba scored twice on Brevard errors in the ninth to win.
Bryan Blanton struck out two in the ninth to preserve the victory for Shaefer Shepard, who pitched eight innings.
Malachi Hanes and Jake Kimble had two hits each.
Lexington American Legion standout Dix had four hits for Brevard.
In the second game, Sean Grant got the win.
Parker Hubbard (South Rowan) had a two-run single for Brevard.
Bryce Fowler and Jeremy Simpson (West Rowan) had two-run singles for the Indians.
Bowden had a two-run double.
Luke Setzer (East Rowan) had three hits and scored twice in Game 2.
Catawba and Brevard will finish the three-game series today at 1 p.m.
In Appalachian State’s 8-7 win against UALR, Brian Bauk (Salisbury) got the win.
Bauk pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Elon’s Troy Beaver (Salisbury) has shot 73-77 — 150 in the first two rounds of the Clemson Invitational.
Georgia Southern’s Rebecca Parker (West Rowan) ran a personal best 11:29:30 in the steeplechase at the Florida Relays on Friday and broke the school record.
Parker’s time qualified her for the prestigious Penn Relays later this month.
In the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday in High Point, North Carolina Central’s women’s 4×100 relay team set a meet record with a 45.86 clocking.
Christa Landy (West Rowan) was part of that relay unit.
At the same meet in High Point, Wingate’s Quinton Phifer (West Rowan) broke the school record in the men’s javelin on Friday with a throw of 54.03 meters.
The throw was a personal best for Phifer.
He finished 12th in the 39-man field and led all Division II throwers.
Wingate overcame a late, two-goal deficit and topped visiting Catawba, 10-9, in overtime, in SAC men’s lacrosse on Saturday.
Catawba (3-7, 2-3) got two goals each from Connor Kennedy, Kyle Fanzo, Justin Warnock and Josh Reedy.
Catawba lost to Wingate 16-10 in women’s lacrosse on Saturday. Wingate jumped to a 6-0 lead.
Kirstyn Kruse scored four goals for Catawba (5-5, 3-2).
The Greater Cabarrus Stallions defeated West Lincoln 3-1 on Friday in the Copperhead Classic at Asheboro’s McCrary Park.
Tyler Hartsell pitched a complete game. He struck out four and allowed nine hits.
Hartsell drove in two runs. Hunter Shepherd had two hits. McConner Wallace drove in a run. Noah Jarrett and Seth Cauble had doubles.
The Stallions (16-3) return to action on Wednesday against Rock Hill High School.
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