March 24, 2010

Lady Bobcats Drop Close Games to Catawba

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba claimed a pair of walk-off wins 3-2 and 5-3 against visiting the Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats in softball action on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field.

Amanda Terry did the honor in the opener with a RBI-single then Brittney Thornburg turned the trick in the nightcap with a two-run homer. Catawba improves to 23-12, while the Bobcats fall to 10-16.

Brittany Murray improved to 15-2 with her win in the opener. She allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out four. Catawba managed just six hits off Bobcat starter Magen West, but one was a two-out, two-run single by Allie Marshall in the third that gave the Lady Indians a 2-0 lead.

West hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to trim Catawba's lead in half then Anna Carter drove home the tying run on a two-out single in the sixth. Thornburg singled to lead off the Catawba seventh and a bunt single by Alli Justice put runners on the corners. Terry followed with a single to center to end the game.

Lees-McRae took the early lead in game two on a solo home run by West in the second. Catawba picked up two runs in the third, the first scoring after Marshall's liner into left-center was caught, but the throw to the infield got away allowing Carly Sabat to score from second. Thornburg drove in the go-ahead run three batters later after a hit by Tara Gibbs and a walk to Katie Huggins.

The Bobcats regained the lead in the fourth as Bryce Campbell hit a two-out, two-run homer. Catawba answered right back as Marshall singled with two outs to plate Callie Gordy.

Gibbs led off the Catawba seventh with a single, but was erased at second on a sacrifice attempt by Mollie Kovalcin. Thornburg then ended things with a home run to left center. Sabat, Gibbs, Thornburg and Gordy each collected a pair of hits for Catawba.

West had two hits for LMC. Kelsie Hudson improved to 6-1 with the win for Catawba. She scattered five hits and had one strikeout.

Lees-McRae will take the diamond again on Friday at 3 p.m. against Anderson.