College softball: Catawba falls in SAC quarterfinal
Published 10:27 pm Friday, April 23, 2021
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Sixth-seeded Tusculum banged out 16 hits and beat third-seeded Catawba 16-7 in a South Atlantic Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Friday.
Three errors helped the Pioneers score eight unearned runs.
Catawba (28-11) will hope for an at-large regional bid — only six teams make it this year — but the loss could end the season.
The short-handed Indians got down 5-0 in the first inning, but got back to 5-all with the help of a Jordan Dean grand slam in the second.
Tusculum moved back in front in the third inning and finally blew it open with a seven-run top of the seventh.
Dean hit a two-run homer for the Indians in the bottom of the seventh on what might be her last college at-bat. She hit 15 homers this season, tying the program record. Her six RBIs increased her team-leading total to 55.
Sydney Goertzen had two hits. Allie Baker had a triple.
Madison Hunter and Brooke Walser did the pitching.