Smith's two-out single in ninth, Southard's cycle propel Baseball to wild win

SALISBURY, NC -- Freshman Matt Smith’s (Brown’s Summitt, NC) two-out single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Catawba to a dramatic 13-12 come-from-behind win over visiting Belmont Abbey in baseball action on Thursday night at Newman Park. The win improves Catawba to 9-5, while Belmont Abbey falls to 9-7.With one out in the ninth, Spence Southard (Greensboro, NC) reached when Crusader centerfielder Andy Simpson dropped his fly ball. He stole third, but was unable to score on Blair Reynolds; (King, NC) groundout. After Chad Hill (Bennett, NC) was hit by a pitch, Curt Motsinger (Kernersville, NC) tied the game with a single. Hill stole third and scored on Smith’s single to center to win the game. Belmont Abbey had scored four run its ninth to erase a three-run deficit and take a 12-11 lead. A home run by Brad Lane cut the margin to 12-11 and after reliever Chris Abernathy (Claremont, NC) struck out two batters, Ian Gibson homered to tie the scored. Two infield hits was followed by Simpson’s bloop single to center to give the Crusaders the lead. Catawba had snapped a 8-8 tie in the eight with a three-run inning. Southard led off with a triple, giving him the cycle and just the third ever by a Catawba player. Reynolds had record the second, and the first in 54 years just two days ago against Belmont Abbey. Reynolds drove home Southard on a long fly to right that was dropped, allowing Reynolds to take third, where he scored on another error. Matt Baker (Charlotte, NC) drove home the final run of the inning. The Indians opened the scoring on Josh Jordan’s (Gastonia, NC) two-run double in the second and led got two-run homers from Southard in the fourth and Baker in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Belmont Abbey scored four times in the sixth and twice in the seventh to tie the game at 8-8. Southard led the Tribe offense, going 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBI. Baker was 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Jordan was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Reynolds collected two more doubles, raising his season total to 13, just seven shy of the school record in only 14 games. Barreras collected three hits and a pair of RBI for the Crusaders, while Mike Ey had two hits and three RBI. The game capped a wild week between the teams as they combined for 63 runs and 80 hits in two games. On Tuesday, Catawba won 23-15 as the teams combined for 48 hits. #######

Today's Events

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC),
Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC),
Volleyball vs. QUEENS, 7:00VideoStats


«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 7 p.m.

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 7:30 p.m.

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Mars HIll 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 7:30 p.m.

October 21

Golf (M) @ Matt Dyas Inv. - Day 1 (Oak Mountain GC)

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

Golf (M) @ Matt Dyas Inv. - Day 2 (Oak Mountain GC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Soccer (M) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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