February 24, 2017
Baseball Opens League Play With Win Over Carson-Newman
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba won its South Atlantic Conference baseball opener with a 10-7 victory over visiting Carson-Newman on Friday night at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians improve to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while the Eagles fall to 6-7 and 0-1.
Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had three hits and three RBI, which came on a go-ahead three-run homer in the third. Russ Weiker (Albemarle, N.C./S. Stanly/Liberty) tossed five and a third innings of relief to earn the win. He allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts.
Carson-Newman jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Ryan Addington led off with a home run and the Eagles rapped out four hits in the opening frame. Greg Jones singled home the second run of the first. Weiker (1-0) entered with runners at second and third and one out in the second. Weiker limited the Eagles to a single run on a two-out hit by Eric Lynch.
Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) got Catawba on the board with a one-out single in the third. After a walk, Bowden put the Indians up 4-3 with his homer. The Eagles tied it in the fifth, but Catawba used a pair of errors to push across two in the bottom half.
The Indians led 8-4 in the seventh and Weiker left with two and two outs. Jones greeted reliever Heath Mitchem (Salisbury, N.C./Carson) with a three-run homer to cut the margin to 8-7. The Indians got single runs in the seventh and eighth and Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) sat down the Eagles in order in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his second save.
Catawba got two hits each from Almond, Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan), Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) and Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan). Cody Fitch (Shelby, N.C./Shelby/UNCG) struck out two of the three batters he faced in bridging the seventh and eighth innings, while Connor Johnson (Rockwell, N.C./E. Rowan) fanned both batters he faced to close the eighth.
Lynch had four hits for Carson-Newman and Jones had four RBI with two hits. Will Gardner (1-1) pitched into the sixth for the Eagles and took the loss. He had seven strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings.
The teams finish up the league series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 pm.
|Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol),|
Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2
Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd
Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn.
Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3
Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0
Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2
Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3
Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3
Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd
Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Football @ VMI 27-20
Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4
Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1
Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9
Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16
Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3
Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)
Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13
Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1
Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol)
Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 6 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 3 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5 p.m.
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Volleyball vs. QUEENS 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Football @ Carson-Newman 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. WINGATE 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 3 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 7 p.m.
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