Catawba Rallies to Defeat LMU 3-1

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The No. 3 seed Catawba Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the No. 7 seed Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters 3-1 on Friday (Apr. 24) at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship.

Lincoln Memorial’s Megan Tice put the Railsplitters up 1-0 with a solo homer in the top of the sixth inning, but the Indians rallied with three runs in the bottom sixth to take the 3-1 win.

Carley Tysinger (23-9) picked up her second win of the tournament. She went seven innings allowing just one run on six hits with 13 strikeouts.

Samantha Smith (11-12) picked up the loss. She went six innings allowing three runs on six hits with four punch-outs.

Catawba’s Kim Fesperman drove in all three runs for the Indians on a double, while Caroline Turner, Natalie Naturile, Gina Gerone, Katherine Shumaker and Holli Chandler each had a hit.

Tice led the Railsplitter offense, going 1-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Emilee Solomon, Jennifer Moose, Kristen McAndrew, Savannah Couch and Ashlea Hunter had a hit each as well for LMU.

The win Catawba advances to play the winner of the game between the No. 1 seed Carson-Newman and the No. 5 seed Newberry at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Apr. 25). The loss moves Lincoln Memorial to the elimination bracket where they will face the game between the No. 4 seed Wingate and the No. 8 seed Coker at 3 p.m. on Friday.