The 18th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College softball team set a new program record for wins in a season during a doubleheader sweep on Monday afternoon against Belmont Abbey at the Highland Recreation Center.
With their 19th and 20th straight wins, the Red Hawks improve to 25-1 overall on the season.
Game one: No. 18 Catawba Valley 4, Belmont Abbey 1
Behind a pair of two-hit performances from Laynie Hudgins and Emma Kuproski, the Red Hawks took the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader with a three-run win against the Crusaders.
Hudgins went 2-for-3 in the contest with two runs scored and a solo home run, and Kuproski was also 2-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI.
Lillie Pennington and Cali Hinnant also drove in one run each for Catawba Valley.
On the mound, Hinnant improved to 12-0 on the season with a complete game performance. She held Belmont Abbey hitless until a leadoff single in the top of the fifth inning broke up the no-hit bid.
Hinnant allowed four hits, one run, two walks and struck out 10 batters.
Game two: No. 18 Catawba Valley 8, Belmont Abbey 1
Tied 1-1 after the first inning of play, the Red Hawks used a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and sixth to power ahead of the Crusaders for good en route to the win and the doubleheader sweep.
Cali Hinnant paced Catawba Valley with two RBI — both coming on a two-run homer during the fourth inning. Teammate Jessica Cannon also drove in two runs in the contest.
Red Hawks left fielder Lillie Pennington tallied a team-high two hits and recorded one RBI, and Kaylee Yoder also drove in one run.
CVCC starting pitcher Jillian Jones improved to 10-0 on the season. She allowed eight hits, one run, one walk and struck out five batters.
The 18th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College softball team returns to action on Thursday for the first of two road conference match ups this week. The Red Hawks travel to Raleigh to face Wake Tech for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.