Baseball Settles For Doubleheader Split at Lenoir-Rhyne


HICKORY, NC -- Catawba and host Lenoir-Rhyne split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Bears Field.  Catawba took the opener 9-3, while the Bears rallied for an 8-7 win in the nightcap.  Lenoir-Rhyne now stands at 17-17 overall and 8-3 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians are 21-11 and 9-5.

Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS) hit a pair of solo home runs to help Catawba take the opener.  The Indians got an unearned run and a Baker homer in the third then got a solo shot from Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) in the fifth for a 3-0 lead. 

The Bears pulled within a run after five, but Baker added his second home run and Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) a two-run single to push the Catawba advantage to 6-2.  Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) added a two-run single in the eighth for insurance.

Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC/S. Stokes HS) got the win as his scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs over five and two-thirds innings.  Tim Holmes (Bay Village, OH/Bay HS) and Travis McSweeney (Palm Harbor, FL/East Lake HS) closed out the game with three and a third innings of scoreless relief.

Sands went 4-for-4 and scored three times in the opener.  Lyerly and Ryan Query (Kannaplis, NC/Brown HS) each had three hits.  JD Harrison had three hits for the Bears.

Catawba held a 7-1 lead in the night cap, but L-R scored seven times in its final two at bats to steal the win.  The Bears picked up four runs in the seventh, scoring the winning run on an errant throw with one out, as the Indians failed to put the game away.

The Indians looked to have command after taking a 6-0 lead following a four-run fifth inning.  Query singled home a run, Lyerly had a RBI double and Kevin McMillan (Salisbury, NC/N. Rowan HS) capped the frame with a two-run single.

Lenoir-Rhyne started its rally in the sixth with two outs, getting a walk and three straight singles to plate a pair of runs and chase starter Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS).  Catawba still led 7-4 entering the seventh, but Harrison led off with a double which was followed by two walks.  Zachary Glass singled home a pair of runs to cut the margin to 7-6.  After a sacrifice and an intentional walk, Glass scored from second on an errant thrown on a grounder to short by Mark Drucker.

David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) led Catawba at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored.  Lyerly and Query added two more hits, giving them five each for the doubleheader. 

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September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

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Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

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Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

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Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

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Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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