Baseball takes doubleheader from Presbyterian

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba returned home to the friendly confines of Newman Park and combined excellent pitching in game one with clutch hitting in game two to sweep visiting Presbyterian College 2-0 and 6-4 in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in NCAA Division II baseball action. The Indians (19-10, 4-1 SAC) saw senior starting pitcher Matt Fairweather (Lenoir, NC) toss eight shutout innings, allowing only seven hits while walking no one, and striking out four batters en route to the game one win. The only two runs scored by the Indians came in the fourth when third baseman Zack Evans (Greensboro, NC) hit a leadoff homer to left center to get the first run of the game. Second baseman Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) then smacked a double to right center and later scored on a wild pitch by Blue Hose starter Ryan Arail. Those runs were the only scoring in a nine-inning affair that lasted just over two hours. Evans slid into the closer’s role in the ninth to get the save. Arail took the loss for PC, which drops to 6-19 and 0-4 in the SAC with the losses. Game two had a little more offense, with each team belting a grand slam. Catawba got the first one in the third inning, when designated hitter Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) crushed a Chris Cornelison pitch to deep left with one out. First baseman Matt Smith (Browns Summitt, NC) was drilled in the head on the next pitch, prompting PC to lift the hurler. Catawba extended the lead with two more runs off the bat of Rimer in the fifth, when he sent a Robert Cook pitch off the right centerfield wall to score the pair on a double. After an 0-for-2 start in game one, Rimer finished game two 2-for-3 with a run scored and all six runs batted in. The Blue Hose did not go quietly in the nightcap. Presbyterian started the sixth with a single, a walk and a hit batter to load the bases up for designated hitter Lance Howard, who deposited a Jeff Abdelnour (Cohoes, NY) pitch over the left field fence to make it 6-4 Indians. Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC) came on and finished the sixth, and Evans again closed game two to get the save for the sweep. Abdelnour got the win for Catawba. Cornelison took the loss for the Blue Hose. Matt Baker had the most consistent for the Indians, combining for a 3-for-6 day in the two games, scoring three runs. Shortstop Evan Sowell was the only Blue Hose player to get more than two hits, finishing 3-for-8 on the day. The combined time on the two games was less than four hours for the two teams. ######

Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2),
Baseball vs. COKER, 1:00VideoStats
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 1:00Stats
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill, 2:00
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 3:00Stats
Baseball vs. COKER, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill, 4:00


«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) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

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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