Jefferson City, Tenn. - The Brevard College softball team was unable to take down the third seed, Catawba College, in the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday morning. Catawba hit a pair of grand slams in the first two innings to jump out to an early lead and Brevard was unable to claw their way back into the game as they fell 11-2.
With the win, Catawba advances to Friday’s winner’s bracket final at 1:30 p.m. Brevard will face the winner of No. 4 Tusculum and No. 8 Lincoln Memorial on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Catawba improves to 31-17, while Brevard falls to 29-20.
The Indians put up five runs in the first and six runs in the second to blow the game open early at 11-0.
Catawba took a quick 1-0 lead as Carly Sabat (Warren, Ohio) lead off the bottom of the first with a triple to right center. She would score on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Terry (Cordova, N.C.) to shallow center.
The Indians would do the rest of their damage in the inning with two outs. Singles by Alli Justice (Bishopville, Md.) and Kourtni Hester (Waldorf, Md.) and a walk to Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, N.C.) set the stage for the game’s first grand slam.
Indians shortstop Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) drilled an offering from Brevard starter Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) just inside the left field foul pole to clear the bases and move Catawba ahead 5-0.
Catawba would put the game out of reach an inning later.
Sabat delivered her second hit in as many innings, a single to left, and Sara Santoli (Nesconset, N.Y.) reach on a Brevard error to give Catawba runners at first and second with no outs. Terry would bunt to move the runners up. Elmore would induce an RBI-ground out from Kayla Meyers (Bryson City, N.C.) before walking the next two batters to load the bases for Hester.
Hester would deliver with a line-drive grand slam into the trees in right center to give Catawba a 10-0 lead.
Lewis would hit her second home run of the game, and third of the season, later in the second. A solo blast off of BC’s Alyssia Miller (Davie, Fla.) to centerfield.
Brevard cut into the lead with two runs in the top of the third.
A double by Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) and singles by Elmore and Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.) helped the Tornados to cut it to the game’s final margin at 11-2.
Starter Brittany Murray (Asheboro, N.C.) picked up the win for Catawba to improve to 14-9. Elmore took the loss for BC and falls to 17-11.
Lewis finished 2-for-2 with two home runs and a team-high five RBIs. Hester also had two hits and four RBIs.