Baseball splits with Tusculum in battle of nationally-ranked squads

In a battle of nationally ranked teams, No. 11 Tusculum College and No. 29 Catawba College split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Tusculum's Josh Wolff went 4-for-4 in the opening game as the Pioneers clubbed three home runs in a 7-3 win over the Indians. Catawba answered with a pitching gem by Matt Smith and Zach Evans in a 1-0 win over Tusculum. With the split, the Pioneers (28-8, 11-3 SAC) remain in first place in the conference by two games over the Indians (25-14, 9-5 SAC) and three in front of No. 21 Carson-Newman College. This weekend's three-game SAC series was abbreviated to just two games as Saturday's contest was rained out. In the opener, Tusculum recorded six extra base hits, including three home runs while TC pitcher Brent Gabel scattered nine hits and struck out five to improve his record to 8-0. Wolff accounted for four of Tusculumís ten hits as he posted a pair of singles, a double and his first home run of the season. Catawba plated a run in the first inning as David Thomas led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt and later scored on Jimbo Davis' double. Tusculum's Skip Talarek came through with a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Indians tied the game in the fourth inning on Matt Smith's two-run single to even the contest at 3-3. TC plated a run in the fourth and fifth inning and added two insurance runs in the sixth as Gabel and reliever Wes Hill shut the door on the 2004 SAC Champions. The Indians finished with five doubles, including the 15th of the season by Matt Baker as he went 2-for-3 in the game. Catawba's Matt Smith (6-2) cooled off Tusculum's bats in the nightcap as he tossed six strong innings, allowed three hits and struck out one in a 1-0 win by the Tribe. Smith helped his own cause at the plate hitting 3-for-4. TC's Eric Butler pitched seven strong innings as he allowed one run on nine hits and struck out six to fall to 4-4 on the season. Evans pitched the seventh inning and got out of a jam as he got a pop up on a bunt with the tying run at third base to win the game. Evans records his ninth saves of the season, which is tops in the league. Matt Baker and Nick Lefko each posted a pair of hits, including Lefko's two-out single in the fourth inning to score the only run of the game. #####

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«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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