Mark Smith, Nick Lefko lead Tribe in sweep of Wingate

SALISBURY, NC – Mark Smith (Browns Summitt, NC) led the way in game one, while Nick Lefko (Faith, NC) drove in the winning run, in the nightcap, as Catawba College took both games of a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from the visiting Wingate Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park Final scores were 12-1 and 4-3. Catawba improves to 19-9 overall, 4-1 in the SAC. Wingate drops to 9-20, 3-2.GAME 1: INDIANS 12, BULLDOGS 1 The Tribe jumped on the board first with a five-spot in the second inning, taking an advantage of a Bulldog mishap. Scott Searles (Boston, MA) drew a bases loaded, one-out walk to put the Indians up 1-0. After a Jeff Boyles (Pinnacle, NC) infield fly, Mark Smith followed with a grand-slam for a 5-0 edge after two. Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) would hit his team-leading ninth home-run of the year in the third, apart of his 2-for-4 outing for the Indians. Catawba would put two more on the board in the fourth, as Lefko scored on a Searles triple down the RF line, Searles later scoring on a wild pitch. Thomas Giles (Lynchburg, VA), who went 2-for-4 in the first contest, would add an RBI double in the fifth and seventh, in between Mark Smith’s second dinger of the game, this time a two-run shot, to give him 6 RBI in game one. Wingate’s Kirk Matthews (East Bend, NC) would have a 2-for-3 performance, with an RBI, for the Bulldogs. Thomas Wilson (Smithfield, NC) picked up his third win of the season, throwing six strong innings, scattering just six hits while striking out six. GAME 2: INDIANS 4, BULLDOGS 3 (8 innings) Catawba struck first in game two with a Giles solo-shot in the second and Mark Smith’s third blast of the day, a two-run shot in the third. The Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the sixth as Tim Bowman (Low Gap, NC) singled up the middle, bringing home Andrew Conner (Randleman, NC) to cut the lead to 3-1. Pinch-hitter Jeff Vitaris (Seneca, SC) followed with a double down the RF line, scoring Jon Svanda (Chesterfield, VA) and Tim Bowman, who hustled in from first, tying the nightcap at three. Matt Smith (Browns Summit, NC) singled off the right elbow of Wingate starter Chad Yow (Stanfield, NC), the first base hit since Mark Smith’s HR in the third inning, to start the bottom of the eighth. After a Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) fielder’s choice, Spence Southard (Greensboro, NC) smacked a double down the LF line to put runners at second and third, with one out. Davis loaded the bases on an intentional walk, setting up Lefko’s game-winning single to right, two batters later. Brian Hatley (Salisbury, NC) pitched 2 1/3 innings of perfect baseball, picking up his second win of the season. #####

Today's Events

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY, 2:00
Basketball (W) @ Newberry, 6:00
Basketball (M) @ Newberry, 8:00


«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 3rd of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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