Giles sparks Baseball to share of SAC title with sweep of CN

JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Thomas Giles (Lynchburg, VA) went five-for-eight with eight RBIs and two homeruns to help lead the Catawba Indians to a sweep of host Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex. The wins clinch at least a share of the SAC title for Catawba, its first since 1993. The Indians won by the scores of 12-6 and 10-6 to improve to 35-15 overall and 16-4 in the SAC. The Eagles fall to 28-22 and 10-10. The two teams conclude the series on Sunday. The Indians built an early lead in the opener and rallied with nine runs in the final two innings of game two to earn the sweep. Giles drove in six runs and smacked two homers in the first game as the Tribe built a 9-0 lead through the first four innings. After Giles belted a two-run homerun to left field in the second inning, the Indians took advantage of five Carson-Newman walks in the third inning to build a 7-0 lead. The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when Brian Chapman (Caryville, TN) hit a solo homerun to left center field, but the Indians would enjoy another big inning in the eighth as they scored three more runs. Once again it was Giles providing the fireworks as he blasted a two-run homer to center field. The Eagles cut the lead in half by scoring three runs in the ninth inning. Most of the damage came when Derrick Calkin (Maryville, TN) and Chris Borntraeger (Lexington, KY) walked and Cody Hendrix (Clinton, TN) was hit by a pitch when the bases were loaded. In game two, the Eagles had a 6-1 lead at the end of fifth inning but the Tribe made a huge comeback to win. Charlie Munroe (Newton, NJ) started the game with a double to left field. He scored on a single by Nathan Gravley (Cartersville, GA). Jonathan Mary (Maryville, TN) would score on a single by Calkin to give C-N a 2-0 lead. The Eagles plated two more runs in the third inning. Gravley doubled down the left field line and later scored on an error by the Indians, one of four in the second game by the Tribe. T.J. Graves (Cincinnati, OH) scored from third base on a failed pick-off attempt. The Indians finally got on the board when Spence Southard (Greensboro, NC) hit a homerun to left field in the fourth inning. The Indians started their comeback in the sixth inning with a two-run double down the left field line by Giles. That would be the first of three consecutive doubles for Catawba as Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) and Nick Lefko (Faith, NC) each had two-base hits to cut the C-N lead to 6-5 at the end of six innings. Matt Smith (Browns Summitt, NC) was hit by a pitch to begin the seventh inning and Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) gave the Indians the lead with a two-run homer to left field. The Indians would tack on three more runs in the seventh to secure victory. ######

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