Baseball clinches share of SAC title; take two from Mars Hill

SALISBURY, NC – Seniors starters Matt Fairweather (Lenoir, NC) and Jeff Abdelnour (Cohoes, NY) each tossed complete game, four-hit shutouts, leading 17th-ranked Catawba College to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Mars Hill College on Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference baseball action at Newman Park. The Indians took game one 9-0, followed by an 8-0 victory in game two. Catawba improves to 32-16 overall and 14-5 in the SAC, clinching a tie for the SAC Championships as well as the top seed in next week’s tournament. MHC falls to 25-27 and 9-10. In the opener, the Lions threatened in the first with the bases loaded and no outs before Fairweather struck out the final two hitters to retire the side. The Tribe jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the second and third innings. Zach Evans (Greensboro, NC) provided a two-run HR in the second, while Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC) and Nick Lefko (Faith, NC) each picked up RBI-singles in the third. Leading 6-0 in the eighth, the Tribe added three more runs as Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) hit his team-leading 17th home run, followed by an Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) two-run shot. Lane Stroble (Walkersville, MD) and John Quail (Boonsboro, MD) each had a double for the Lions in game one. Fairweather, who allowed no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts, improved to 7-2 and tied a 56-year-old school-record for career wins with 29. In the nightcap, MHC again threatened early with runners in scoring position, but this time it was Abdelnour who shut the door on the Lions stranding five runners on base in the second and third frames. A solo-HR by Thomas Giles (Lynchburg, VA) gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. A five-run fourth put up by the Tribe ended the hopes of a Mars Hill comeback. Chad Baker delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded, before Catawba loaded the bases again, only to have Evans clear the bases with a three-run double to right-center. Lefko and Giles each smacked RBI-singles in the fifth, to close out Tribe scoring on the day. Strobel and Jason Yelton (Burnsville, NC) each had two of the eight total hits for the Lions. Abdelnour didn’t allow an extra-base hit, while striking out three in his seven-inning, four-hit performance. Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) went 6-for-8 on the day including a pair of doubles in game two. Chad Baker finished the day 5-for-9 with three RBI.

Today's Events

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC),
Baseball @ Mount Olive, 9-4 WVideoStats
Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE, 11-10 WVideoStats


«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) 

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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