March 25, 2008
Baseball Knocks Off Top-Ranked Mount Olive, Splits Doubleheader
MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Catawba picked up a split a baseball doubleheader with top-ranked Mount Olive on Tuesday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Trojans had to go extra innings to take the opener 3-2, while Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) collected six RBI in a 9-3 Catawba win in the nightcap. The Catawba Indians, ranked 28th in NCAA II, now stand at 23-12, while the Trojans are 34-3.
The Trojans won the scheduled seven-inning opener in the 10th on a one-out single by Jesse Lancaster that scored Anthony Williams from second. Williams had drawn a leadoff walk and stole second with one out before the single by Lancaster.
Lancaster had put Mount Olive ahead in the first inning with a groundout to short after a leadoff triple by David Cooper. Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) would allow only one baserunner after the leadoff triple in his four innings, which was a walk in the fourth.
Catawba took the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) led off the fourth with a single and stole second. He scored after an overthrow as he stole third. In the fifth, Weston Church (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) led off with a single and later scored on a groundout by Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS).
The Indians took the lead into the seventh, but Jason Sherrer tied the game on a leadoff home run. Catawba threatened in the top of the 10th, putting a pair of runners on with a single by David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) and a walk by Baker. Patrick Ball worked out of one-out trouble as he struck out Sands and got Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) on a groundout.
Catawba struck first in the nightcap as Lyerly delivered a two-out single to plate Thomas and Baker. Thomas led off the game with a single and Baker drew a walk. Both moved up a base on a balk before strikeouts of Sands and Query. A two-out single by Baker in the second pushed the margin to 3-0.
Mount Olive would rally to tie the game after three. Rich Racobaldo led off the second with a walk and would score on a wild pitch after moving to third on Dylan Holton’s double. Tribe starter Travis McSweeney (Palm Harbor, FL/East Lake HS) got out of the secobd without further damage, but the Trojans scored twice in the third. Erik Lovett doubled home a run and Holton tied the game with a two-out single.
Catawba struck right back in the fourth as Lyerly’s drilled a three-run homer following a run-scoring single by Query to give the Indians a 7-3 lead. Query’s single came after Sands was intentionally walked, following a steal of second by Thomas.
Lyerly tripled home a run in the sixth to cap a 3-for-4 outing. Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) got the win as he kept Trojans off the board during five innings of relief. He allowed just three hits and struck out three. He also chipped in with a RBI and two hits at the plate.
Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8
Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11
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
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.
Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6
Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61
Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77
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
Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5
Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24
Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)
Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7
Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60
Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)
Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4
Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2
Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2
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
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
Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)
Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4
Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10
Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)
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.
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)
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.
Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.
Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.
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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