April 22, 2006
Baseball sets win record; advances to SAC Championship GameGREENEVILLE, TN – Freshman Alex Fairweather (Lenoir, NC) tossed five strong innings and a trio of Catawba relievers tossed three and two-thirds innings of shutout relief as the eighth-ranked Indians defeated 21st-ranked Tusculum 9-2 in the winner’s bracket final of the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday night at Pioneer Park. The Indians set a school record for wins in a season as the Tribe improves to 43-11. Tusculum falls to 37-13-1 and will face Mars Hill in an elimination game on Sunday morning for a chance to meet Catawba in the championship.
David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC) continued his outstanding day with a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the first. Matt Smith (Brown Summitt, NC) followed with a double and scored on a groundout to Matt Smith (Brown Summitt, NC). Aaron Rimer (Salisbury, NC) gave Catawba a 3-0 lead with a RBI single.
Tusculum, who had won 14 straight, battled back as Tim Brown (Flint, MI) delivered a RBI double and Aaron Hudgins (Kingsport, TN) drove home a run on a groundout as the Pioneers closed within 3-2. Thomas would triple with two outs in the second for Catawba and scored on a single by Matt Smith for a 4-2 edge.
The Indians broke the game open in the fourth, scoring four runs on just one hit. Thomas drew a leadoff walk and stole second, while Matt Smith was hit by a pitch. Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) greeted Pioneer reliever Jonathan Davis (Rison, AR) with a RBI single and after three straight walks and a sacrifice fly by Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC) Catawba moved on top 8-2.
The Catawba pitching was the story from there as Fairweather tossed five and a third innings, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning eight as he improved to 9-2. Brian Benton (Wallace, NC), Mark Smith and Baker finished the game and allowed the Pioneers just one hit. Baker finished the game with two innings of work, allowing a hit with a strikeout.
Matt Smith had three hits for the Tribe with a pair of RBI, while Thomas had a pair of hits and scored three runs. Rimer also drove home two runs. Greg Stotser (Columbus, GA) collected three hits for Tusculum, while Brown had two hits. #####
|Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive, 3:00|
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.
Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell,LR
Football vs. NEWBERRY noon
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 8 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Wingate Univ.) 9 a.m.
Football vs. MARS HILL 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 8 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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