February 15, 2008
Baseball Wins Home Opener On Thomas' 10th-Inning Home Run
Tim Smith strikes out a dozen in no decision
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba’s David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) hit a walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning to give the 29th-ranked Indians a 2-1 win over visiting Newberry in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Friday night at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians improve to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while Newberry falls to 306 and 0-1.
Thomas ended the pitching duel, driving a 1-2 pitch to right center. It was just the third hit on the night for Catawba. Each team scored in the opening inning, Newberry getting a solo home run from Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, PUERTO RICO) and Catawba pushing across a run on a bases loaded walk to Andrew O’Neal (King, NC/W. Stokes HS). Thomas was hit by a pitch to open the first, then Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) and Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) drew one-out walk before O’Neal drew his free pass with two outs.
Newberry starter Josh McElwee (Andrews, SC) would settle down after the first and allowed just one hit, a third inning single by Query, and struck out eight before he left with one out in the fifth. Stephen Byrd (Vero Beach, FL) entered with runners on the corners and one out, but got Sands to hit into a double play to end the inning. The other Catawba his was by Sands in the eighth.
Catawba starter Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC/S. Stokes HS) was dominate, allowing just four hits with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts. After a leadoff single by Nick Martin (Morehead City, NC) in the second, Smith retired 17 straight batters until Martin again reached on a hit with two outs in the seventh. Catawba reliever Matt Seabolt (Asheboro, NC/Asheboro HS) hit Martin to open the 10th, but got the next three batter and would pick up the win to move to 2-0.
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
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
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
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
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.
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.
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
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.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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