Salisbury, N.C. - The Warriors split against the Catawba College Indians on Saturday afternoon. Southern Wesleyan won game one 15-7 and lost the second 8-1.
In game one Lizzie Fela and Sara Sweatt led the Warriors with four hits, followed by Alex Oliver and Natalie Johnson with two apiece. Fela hit two home runs making it six for the season. Sweatt and Oliver both hit their first home runs of the season in the win. Fela led the Warriors in RBI's with a total of six, followed by Sweatt with three. Sweatt led the team in stolen bases with 1 in the game. Freshman Josie Edwards gained her second win of the season going six innings while allowing nine hits and striking out one.
Becca White led the Warriors for game two in hits with two. Maddie Ward led the team in RBI with the only one of the game. Sweatt led the Warriors in stolen bases with the only stolen base in game two. Hunter Hoskins started game two for the Warriors and went 4.2 innings and faced 26 batters.
Final Game One: Southern Wesleyan 15, Catawba 7
Final Game Two: Catawba 8, Southern Wesleyan 1
Record: Southern Wesleyan (4-16 / CC 0-2), Catawba (7-22)
Coach Staton Says…
"I was very proud at the way the team played today. They were seeing the ball well and having quality at bats that manufactured runs throughout the entire game. It was a full team effort. Today's win should give us more confidence as we head into our conference games next weekend."
How It Happened
The Warriors were quick to strike in game one of the double header against the Indians. After singling with a bunt, stealing second, and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Becca White, Sara Sweatt was brought home when Lizzie Fela singled up the middle in the top of the first. In the second inning, the Warriors came back and struck even harder. With Alex Oliver on third and Maddie Ward on second, Natalie Johnson doubled to center field and brought both Oliver and Ward home, extending their lead 3-0. The Warriors weren't done yet. Before ending the inning Sweatt came back to bat and tripled to bring Johnson home and gave them a 4-0 lead. The Indians countered to put themselves on the board in the second and third innings, making it a 4-2 game.
The Warriors, however, were not comfortable with a short lead. In the top of the fifth, after getting hit by a pitch and advancing on a wild pitch, Fela was on second with Alex Oliver up to bat. Oliver hit her first home run of the season to right field and extended their lead over the Indians to 6-2.
Even with a big gap between them and Catawba, Southern Wesleyan was not done fighting. After a single to right field, Natalie Johnson would make it to first to bring Sweatt up to bat. Sweatt hit her first home run of the season to bring Johnson home. Becca White came up to bat next and hit a double to center field. With one on, senior Lizzie Fela hit a 2-run home run to give the Warriors a 15-4 lead over the Indians. After a hard fight in the bottom the seventh, the Indians put three more runs on the board. Southern Wesleyan won game one 15-7.
The Indians started the scoring of the game in the bottom of the first after their center fielder scored the first run of the game and put themselves up 1-0. They wouldn't stop there and put up four runs in the third , one in the fourth and one in the fifth innings to give them a 7-0 lead over Southern Wesleyan.
The Warriors put themselves on the board in the top of the 6th inning after Maddie Ward reached first on a fielder's choice to bring in Becca White, giving Ward the only RBI of the night for Southern Wesleyan. The Indians would score the last run of the night in the bottom of the 6th and make the final score a 8-1 game.
The Warriors will be home again on March 17 and will host the Barton Bulldogs at 4 and 6 pm at Varsity Field. They will remain at home on March 18 to face the University of Mount Olive Trojans at 12 and 2 pm.