Baseball Splits A Pair of Shutouts With North Alabama

Ketner extends scoreless streak to 16 innings


FLORENCE, AL -- North Alabama and 26th-ranked Catawba split a baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Lane Field.  Each team picked up a 2-0 win, with the Catawba Indians grabbing the opener and the host Lions the nightcap.  Catawba is now 28-13 on the year, while UNA is 20-14.

Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) tossed six shutout innings and Nathan Furr (Albemarle, NC/W. Stanly HS) worked out of a seventh-inning jam as the Indians posted its second straight shutout in the opener.  Catawba had not played since Ketner shutout Lincoln Memorial by the same 2-0 score back on March 29.

The Indians got on top in the opening inning as David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) led off with a single and scored on a two-out hit by Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS).  A leadoff double by Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale, NC) in the fourth and a single by Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) pushed the lead to 2-0.

That would be all the scoring as Ketner kept the Lions off balance for most of the game.  The junior recorded 16 groundball outs, including a double play ball, and snared a liner back through the box in his six innings.  The only six balls that got out of the Catawba infield were the six UNA singles.

North Alabama would chase Ketner in the seventh as Cole Mitchell and Trey Pollard singled to open the seventh.  Furr was summoned with runners on the corners and got a strikeout before Pollard stole second.  With the tying run at second, the freshman got a pair of groundouts to end the threat and record his second save.  Ketner improved to 6-2 and has now tossed 16 consecutive scoreless innings.

The Lions would match Catawba with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap.  A two-out single by Josh Graham drove home Collin Murphy, who had singled and advanced to second on an error.  UNA tacked on a second run in the fourth on a single by Nick Newberry, but Alex Fairweather (Lenoir, NC/W. Caldwell HS) limited further damage by standing a pair of runners.

Justin Fleming left after tossing five shutout innings and Catawba threatened off reliever Ryan Miller as Baker reached on an error and Sands singled to open the sixth.  Miller would settle down and strikeout the side to keep the shutout intact then retired the Indians in order in the seventh, including two more strikeouts.  Catawba managed just three hits in game two with UNA collecting five hits.

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Today's Events

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«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 W-10th,M-10th

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 23

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.

February 24

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.

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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