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

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 4-6 LVideoStats
Softball vs BARTON, 11-3 WStats
Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise, 12-13 LVideoStats
Softball vs BARTON, 11-0 WStats
Tennis (W) @ Elon, 0-7 LStats


«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 22

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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