Baseball Pounds Bears, Take Over SAC Lead

Sands collected seven RBI in rout


HICKORY, NC – Catawba shook off its tough loss in game two of Friday’s doubleheader and routed host Lenoir-Rhyne 17-4 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.  The win pushed the Catawba Indians into the league lead, improving to 22-11 overall and 10-5 in the SAC.  The Bears fall to 17-18 and 8-4.

Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) capped a big weekend has he drove in seven runs and scored four times in the win.  With his 3-for-4 day at the plate, the junior finished the series 7-for-10 with nine RBI and eight runs scored.

Catawba wasted little time jumping on top, scoring three times in the first inning.  Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS), who led the way with four hits on the day, singled home the first run and Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) added a two-run single.  A single by Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS) and a sacrifice fly by Sands made it 5-0 in the second and a three-run homer by Sands in the fourth pushed the lead to 8-1.

That was plenty of support for Alex Fairweather (Lenoir, NC/W. Caldwell HS), who scattered eight hits over seven innings while allowing just one earned run.  He posted six strikeouts as the lefty improved to 4-1. 

Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) added a two-run homer in the sixth and the Indians plated six runs in the ninth, including a bases-clearing double by Sands.  Catawba pounded out 20 hits with Weston Church (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) joining Sands with three hits.

Evan Taylor and Brian Dice each had two hits for Lenoir-Rhyne.  Taylor hit a two-run homer in the seventh and also doubled and scored in the ninth.

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«September 2017»
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

September 10

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

September 16

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

September 30

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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