Mark Smith hits three doubles as Baseball tops PC 8-5

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Catawba College finished off the weekend sweep in the South Atlantic Conference pre-season baseball tournament with an 8-5 win over Presbyterian College on a brisk Sunday afternoon at Fieldcrest-Cannon Stadium. The Indians, ranked #25 in NCAA II, improve to 12-4. The Blue Hose fall to 8-9.      
Catawba struck in the first for the third straight night as Mark Smith (Brown Summit, NC) delivered a one-out double scoring David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC), who opened the game with a base hit and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  In the second, Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC) opened with a walk and later scored on Noah Johnson's (Huntersville, NC) single putting the Tribe up 2-0.  

PC had a chance for a big inning in the second but could only muster one run.  Josue Scott (Columbus, GA) lined into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs.  The Blue Hose did manage a run as Andrew Cockerham (Millers Creek, NC) delivered a RBI single later in the inning.  The Indians would respond to the PC run with a pair of their own in the top of the third as Nick Lefko (Faith, NC) hit a sacrifice fly and Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC) followed with a RBI single.

Presbyterian took advantage of two Indian errors in the third, including a dropped fly ball by Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) which would have been the third out, but instead scored Cory Lyda (Simpsonville, SC) and Kyle Craven (Savannah, GA) cutting the Tribe lead to 4-3.  Davis' sacrifice fly and Aaron Rimer's (Salisbury, NC) base hit gave the Tribe a brief three run lead before PC scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth with a two out double from Clay Belton (Ridgeway, SC) and a triple from Lyda.

Catawba would extend the lead to 7-5 in the sixth with a two out RBI single from Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC) bringing in Mark Smith, who raked his third double of the night.  PC's fourth miscue of the night led to Sands crossing the plate as the Indians took their final lead of 8-5 at the end of sixth.

Matt Smith picked up the win, tossing six innings and allowing five runs on seven hits.  Zach Evans (Greensboro, NC) shut the door in the ninth picking up his fourth save of the season.  Robert Cole (Savannah, GA) tossed 128 pitches in the loss of PC.  


Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1),
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN, 3:00VideoStats
Baseball vs. COKER, 6:00Stats
Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS, 7:00VideoStats


«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) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

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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