Baseball Falls In Matchup of Top 30 Teams


KANNAPOLIS, NC – Tusculum got an outstanding pitching effort from C.J. Hillyer (Abingdon, MA) as the 25th-ranked Pioneers defeated 28th-ranked Catawba 6-1 in baseball action at the South Atlantic Conference Pre-Season Clash on Sunday afternoon at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.  The Pioneers finish the tournament with a 3-0 record, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-1.

Hillyer scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing just a single run with six strikeouts in posting the win.  He stranded five Catawba runners over the first four innings and surrendered just a single run in the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC).

The Pioneers were held without a hit by Catawba starter Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC) for three innings before breaking through in the fourth.  Ricky Feliz (Miami, FL) and Maikol Gonzalez (Maraca Ibo, VENZUELA) led off with singles with Carlos Rivera (Leesburg, VA) and Christian Rosa (Toa Baja, PUERTO RICO) following with RBI singles for a 2-0 edge.  A third run scored on a Tribe error, while Marc Hyndsman (Morristown, NJ) capped the frame with a RBI triple.

That would be more than enough support for Hillyer and Carlos Ortiz (Alto, PUERTO RICO), who tossed two hitless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts.  Ketner surrendered nine hits in his five and two-thirds innings of work.  He allowed five runs, three earned, with five strikeouts.

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«January 2018»
January 3

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 76-70

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 63-85

January 5

Swimming MEN vs. ASHLAND 84-117

Swimming WOMEN vs. ASHLAND 102-95

January 6

Swimming Women @ Limestone 103-142

Swimming Men @ Limestone 104-136

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 60-88

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 75-101

January 10

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 55-52

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 77-71

January 12

Swimming WOMEN vs. BARTON 141-90

Swimming MEN vs. BARTON 131-89

January 13

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL  80-56

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 83-68

January 18

Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 65-73

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 87-92

January 20

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1) 

Swimming Men @ Lenoir-Rhyne 86-173

Swimming Women @ Lenoir-Rhyne 151-107

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 65-47

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 61-90

January 21

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 2) 

January 24

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

January 26

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 1)

January 27

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Tusuclum 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

January 31

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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