Baseball Stands One Game From League Title After 15-4 Win Over Mars Hill

Sands swats record-tying 54th career homer


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College moved within one game of clinching the South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 15-4 win over visiting Mars Hill in baseball action on Friday night at Newman Park.  The 26th-ranked Catawba Indians take a two game lead into Saturday’s doubleheader, while second place Carson-Newman begins its three-game set with third place Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.  The Indians improve to 30-14 overall and 14-5 in the SAC, while the Lions fall to 29-19 and 8-10.

Catawba scored in all but one inning and broke the game open on Brett Hatley’s (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) three-run homer in the third that gave the Indians a 6-0 lead.  Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) sailed through four innings, but Austin Boehme (Winston-Salem, NC) delivered a three-run double with two outs in the fifth to cut the Lion deficit to 7-3.  The runs ended a stretch of 20 consecutive scoreless innings for Ketner.

Ketner would go on to toss eight innings and allowed four runs on eight hits to improve to 7-2 on the year.  He won all six of his league decisions.  Ketner walked one, hit three and struck out six.  Travis McSweeney (Palm Harbour, FL/East Lake HS) finished up with a perfect ninth in relief.

After the Lions scored in the fifth, Catawba picked up a run of its own in the fifth on a two-out single by Matt Kepley (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale HS) and a groundout by Caige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan) in the sixth for a 9-3 lead.  Daniel Coffey (Granite Falls, NC) had a RBI single for Mars Hill in the eighth, but Catawba put the game away with six of its own in the frame.

The big blow of the eighth was a grand slam by Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS).  It marked the junior’s 54th of his career which ties him with Jimbo Davis for the Catawba career record.  Every Catawba player picked up a hit with David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) and Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS) each picking up three. 

Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS) also had a multi-hit game for Catawba with two hits and gave the Indians the lead with a solo homer in the first.  Brian Williams (Orlando, FL) and Brandon Savoca (Riegelwood, NC) each had two hits for Mars Hill.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) 

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 4 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 7 p.m.

April 24

Lacrosse (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 27

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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