February 4, 2006
Baseball rally falls short in season-openerLAKELAND, 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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