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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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 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

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

September 16

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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