Baseball Falls to Tusculum in 11 Innings


GREENEVILLE, TN -- Mark Deans delivered a two-out single in the 11th inning to lift 15th-ranked Tusculum to a 4-3 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Park.  With the win, the Pioneers improve to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 9-8 and 2-4.

            Tusculum junior Ricky Feliz went 4-for-6 and scored the winning run on Deans’ base hit to the gap in right field.  Catawba freshman Zeb Link accounted for three hits, while Jerry Sands posted a pair of singles in the loss.
            Tusculum drew first blood in the second inning when Pioneers plated an unearned off of Catawba starter Paul Link.  Marc Hyndsman drew a two-out walk and eventually scored thanks to a pair of Catawba errors.  Catawba knotted the game at 1-1 in the fifth frame when Craig Lyerly led off with a double and later scored on Zeb Link's RBI groundout.
The Pioneers plated two runs in the seventh inning when Matt Webb reached on an error and moved to third on Aaron Hudgins' single to left.  Webb would score on a sacrifice fly by Michael Axt, while Hudgins' crossed the plate on Maikol Gonazalez' RBI single.
            Catawba wasted little time to answer as they tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the eighth.  Zeb Link and Sands led off with back-to-back singles and moved up a base on a wild pitch.  Ryan Query grounded out to score Link from third base, while Sands scored later in the frame on Kevin McMillan's fielder's choice.
            The score would stay tied heading into the 11th inning as Tusculum's Ben Swaggerty and Catawba's Matt Seabolt pitched well in the final three frames.
            In the top of the inning, Catawba mounted a two-out rally as Brett Hatley and David Thomas reached on back-to-back errors.  With runners at first and second, Zeb Link singled to left field, but before Hatley crossed the plate Thomas was thrown out at third base to end the inning.
            Feliz led off the Tusculum half of the inning with a single and moved to second on Gonzalez' bunt.  After an intentional walk to Carlos Rivera and a strikeout of Christian Rosa, Deans stepped up and laced a single the opposite way to bring home Feliz with the winning score.
            Swaggerty (2-0) scattered two hits and posted a strikeout in his three innings of work to record the win.  Seabolt (0-1) pitched well as he scattered six hits, allowed a run, walked two and struck out two in his 3.2 innings of relief.

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