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 (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC), Stats
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC),
Volleyball @ Francis Marion, 7:00


«October 2019»
October 2

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1

October 4

Swimming @ King Invitational 

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3

October 5

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

October 7

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)

October 8

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

October 9

Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2

October 11

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3

October 12

Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

October 14

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

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

October 15

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

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

Volleyball @ Francis Marion 7 p.m.

October 16

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7:30 p.m.

October 17

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

October 18

Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.

October 19

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.

October 21

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)

October 22

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)

Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

October 23

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

October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.

October 26

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.

October 30

Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.


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