Baseball takes two from Newberry, Sands streak now at 23

   SALISBURY, NC – Catawba freshman Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC) extended his hitting streak to 23 games and the Indians swept a doubleheader from visiting Newberry 11-1 and 12-0 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park.  Catawba, ranked 10th in NCAA II, wins for the 20th time in 21 games and improves to 27-5 overall and 8-0 in the SAC.  Newberry falls to 6-23-1 and 0-8.  
In the opener, Catawba’s Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC) worked out of a first inning jam and went on to toss seven innings, allowing just a single run on six hits with eight strikeouts as the Indians took control after three innings.  Following a soft single center, Newberry put together a pair of infield hits around a sacrifice to load the bases, but Smith got a strikeout and a come-backer to end the threat, helping the sophomore improve to 8-1.

Sands delivered a two-out, two-run single in the first to put Catawba on top and the Indians added five in the third to break the game open.  Matt Smith (Brown Summitt, NC) stole home as part of a double steal for the first run of the inning, while Nick Lefko (Faith, NC) capped the frame with a three-run homer.

Newberry picked up its lone run in the fourth as Ryan Easterby (Charleston, SC) led off with a double and scored on a two-out double by Brandon Gardner (Gaffney, SC).  Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC) extended Catawba’s lead to 9-1 with a two-run homer in the fifth and David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC) added a solo homer in the sixth.

Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead in the opening inning of game two on a sacrifice fly and Sands followed with an RBI single to extend his streak.  It marked the fourth straight game the rookie prolonged the streak in the first inning.

Catawba would stretch the lead to 8-0 in the fourth, taking advantage of two walks and three hit batters to plate six runs.  Sands delivered a solo homer to start the scoring.  Freshman Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC) tossed a four-hit shutout for the Tribe, walking one and recording six strikeouts.  Anthony Dellinger (Gaffney, SC) had two hits for Newberry.


Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2),
Baseball vs. COKER, 1:00VideoStats
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 1:00Stats
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill, 2:00
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 3:00Stats
Baseball vs. COKER, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill, 4:00


«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 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

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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