April 22, 2005
Abdelnour pitches Baseball into winner's bracket finalGREENEVILLE, TN -- Senior Jeff Abdelnour (Cohoes, NY) posted a one-run, six-hit shutout to lead top-seeded Catawba to a 6-1 win over #5-seed Wingate Friday afternoon in a winner's bracket semifinal of the 2005 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament held at Pioneer Park on the campus of Tusculum College. The Indians (35-17), ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II, advance to Saturday's winner's bracket final against third-seeded Carson-Newman, scheduled for 2 p.m. Wingate falls to the elimination bracket and faces host Tusculum (No. 2 seed) later Friday.
Abdelnour (9-2) retired nine straight Bulldogs midway through the contest, while the Indians plated a run each in the third and fourth innings and added two in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. In the third frame, Matt Kepley (Greensboro, NC) reached on an error, moved to second on a bunt and eventually scored on Matt Smith's (Browns Summitt, NC) fly ball to take a 1-0 advantage.
In the next inning, Catawba got its first two runners on as Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) led off with a walk and Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) singled. The two would move up on a bunt and Davis crossed the plate on a wild pitch. The big hit of the game came in the fifth inning off the bat of Davis as he came through with a two-run single.
Abdelnour pitched his fourth complete game of the season as he scattered six hits, allowed one run, walked one and struck out six. Wingate starter Chad Yow (5-8) posted a solid effort as he went 8.2 innings, allowed eight hits, six runs (three earned), walked three and fanned nine.
The Indians recorded eight hits on the day, including multi-hit outings by David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC), Davis and Rimer. Davis finished the game with three runs batted in. Wingate was paced offensively by Shaughn Neal's 2-for-4 effort.
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