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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«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

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