Baseball rally falls short in season-opener

LAKELAND, FL – Catawba rallied late, but came up short on a 6-4 decision at top-ranked Florida Southern in baseball action on Saturday night at Henley Field.  The Moccasins improve to 2-0, while the 24th-ranked Tribe drops its opener.  The teams will complete the weekend series which has been hampered by rain with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.    
Catawba managed just four hits and trailed 5-1 entering the eighth inning before striking for three runs to claw to within 5-4.  Jimbo Davis, who had doubled earlier in the game, singled home Nick Lefko with one out and Aaron Rimer followed with a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to 5-3.  Mark Smith plated a run on a ground out, but Chad Baker grounded out to end the inning.

Florida Southern added an insurance run in the eighth for the final margin.  The Moccasins took the lead in the bottom of the second as Paul Ryan connected on a two-run homer off Matt Smith for a 2-1 edge.  Ryan and Brian Schultz added back-to-back home runs in the fourth to push the lead to 4-1.

Mark Smith put the Indians on top with a solo shot in the second.  Lefko had the fourth hit for Catawba with his lead-off single in the eighth.  Florida Southern, the defending National Champions, picked up eight hits.  Blake Ketner tossed two and a third innings of scoreless relief to keep the Indians close and posted five strikouts.


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«January 2018»
January 3

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 76-70

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 63-85

January 5

Swimming MEN vs. ASHLAND 84-117

Swimming WOMEN vs. ASHLAND 102-95

January 6

Swimming Women @ Limestone 103-142

Swimming Men @ Limestone 104-136

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 60-88

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 75-101

January 10

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 55-52

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 77-71

January 12

Swimming WOMEN vs. BARTON 141-90

Swimming MEN vs. BARTON 131-89

January 13

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL  80-56

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 83-68

January 18

Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 8 p.m.

January 20

Swimming @ Lenoir-Rhyne

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1)

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 4 p.m.

January 21

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 2)

January 24

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

January 26

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 1)

January 27

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Tusuclum 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

January 31

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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