Wild Finish caps comeback as Baseball defeats FSC 9-8 in NCAA II Regional Opener

Tampa, Fla. – Aaron Rimer’s walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning gave Catawba a 9-8 victory over defending national champion Florida Southern in the NCAA South Regional, which is being hosted by the University of Tampa. Catawba improves to 45-12 as Florida Southern falls to 38-18 Florida Southern wasted no time in the first inning, scoring four runs to take a quick lead

Nick Diyorio led the game off with a single and advanced to second on the first of two Catawba errors in the inning. Diyorio then scored on a Kyle Patrick single to open the scoring. The Moccasins then added another run on the second error of the inning by the Indians, which was followed by a two-run single by Alexy Hernandez. The Moccasins stretched their lead to 7-0 with a three-run third inning where Adam Calderone drove in the first run of the inning and then scored on a two-run single by Will Cherry. Catawba starting pitcher Tim Smith began the third inning and was lifted after giving up all three runs of the inning. Smith finished his day after pitching two innings, giving up eight hits on four earned runs and walking one. Catawba got back in the game in the third inning courtesy of a grand slam by slugger Jimbo Davis. After giving up just one hit in the first two innings, Florida Southern starter Dan Albritton was tagged for five hits in the third.

Florida Southern added another run in the sixth on an infield single by Nick Diyorio to make the score 8-4. Catawba answered with a run of their own in the bottom frame as Mark Smith led off the inning with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Rimer. Albritton was relieved in the eighth inning after pitching seven innings for the Mocs. He finished after giving up five earned runs on nine hits, striking out four and walking one. John Milton relieved Albritton and allowed Catawba to load the bases with no outs in the eighth before being lifted for Kyle DeYoung. Catawba then trimmed the Florida Southern lead to 8-7 on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Rimer and Nick Lefko. DeYoung then escaped further damage by striking out Chad Baker to end the inning.

Catawba’s Blake Ketner pitched seven strong innings of relief, giving up just one earned run on five hits, striking out five. Ketner’s performance in relief allowed the Indians to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth before evening the score at 8-8 on a sacrifice fly by Smith to send the game to extra innings. The game remained 8-9 when Aaron Rimer connected on a walk-off home run to give Catawba a 9-8 victory. Catawba will now face #2 Florida Gulf Coast at 7 pm Friday while Florida Southern will meet #1 Tampa at 3 pm.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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