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.

Box Score

Today's Events

No events scheduled until August 24


«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) 

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

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.


Soccer (M) Team Photo