March 26, 2006
Sands streak ends at 25 as Baseball splits DH at LR
HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne and visiting Catawba split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Indians, ranked fifth in NCAA II, won the opener 10-2, while Lenoir-Rhyne rallied to take a 6-5 win in the nightcap. Catawba stands at 29-6 overall and 10-1 in the SAC, while the Bears are 15-19 and 2-9.
Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) led Catawba in the opener as he went five-for-five with three runs batted in while David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC) added three hits and three RBI as Catawba scored the last seven runs of the game en route to the win. Both Rimer and Thomas connected on two-run home runs to lead the Indians' 19-hit attack.
After Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher John Verdinek (High Point, NC) hit a two-run home run to cut the margin to 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning, Catawba regained control with Thomas' two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning and held L-R scoreless the rest of the way.
Catawba's Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC) improved to 9-1 with the victory after limiting the Bears to two runs on six innings pitched to go along with five strikeouts while junior Jesse Jordan (Englewood, FL) fell to 4-6 with the loss for L-R.
The Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two to earn the split. Derek Pugh's (Asheboro, NC) delivered a two-out, game-winning RBI single to right field as the Indians lost for just the second time in 24 games.
Lenoir-Rhyne plated four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead highlighted by Verdinek's two-run double but the Indians rallied with three runs in the top of the fourth for the 5-4 advantage. Thomas had the key hit in the inning with a two-run single and the game remained that way until Lenoir-Rhyne's heroics in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Josh Keller (Claremont, NC) pitched three and one-third scoreless innings to pick up the win and improve to 4-3 on the year while Catawba's Zach Evans (Greensboro, NC) fell to 2-1 with the loss.
Verdinek tallied two hits and two runs batted in and Billy Doyle (Delray Beach, FL) added two hits and an RBI to lead Lenoir-Rhyne. Mark Smith (Brown Summitt, NC) hit a solo home run for Catawba, but the Indians' Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC) saw his 25-game hitting streak snapped in game two.
Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2
Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd
Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn.
Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3
Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0
Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2
Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3
Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3
Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd
Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Football @ VMI 27-20
Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4
Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1
Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9
Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16
Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3
Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th
Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13
Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1
Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10
Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3
Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2
Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th
Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31
Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3
Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6
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