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Thomas Homers Twice, Smith Sets Win Mark as Baseball Wins Battle of Top 20 Teams

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SALISBURY, NC – Senior David Thomas (Winston-Salem, NC/Ledford HS) hit a pair of home runs and Tim Smith (Walnut Cove, NC/S. Stokes HS) became Catawba’s all-time winningest pitcher as the Indians topped Erskine 10-4 in baseball action on Thursday afternoon at Newman Park.  Both teams were tied in the Collegiate Baseball poll at the No. 19 spot.  The Catawba Indians improved to 39-16, while the Flying Fleet fell to 44-10.

Thomas gave Catawba the early lead as the led off the bottom of the first with a towering home run into the football stadium behind right field.  The Indians added two more runs in the frame on singles by Jerry Sands (Clayton, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) and Matt Kepley (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale HS). 

Catawba tacked on four more runs in the second, including a two-run homer by Thomas that put the Tribe up 6-0.  Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) picked up the first of his four hits on the day as he doubled home Chad Baker (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS). 

That would be more than enough support for Smith, who sailed through his five and a third innings.  The senior allowed just an infield single on a bang-bang play at first, while walking four and striking out five.  The win marked the 31st in his career to eclipse the record he shared with Matt Fairweather.

Thomas was playing in his record 220th game in a Catawba uniform and saw action at designated hitter as he nursed a quad injury.  He had three RBI, scored three runs and had the two homers.  Baker and Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) joined Thomas and Query with multi-hit games for the Tribe as each collected two hits.  Baker had two doubles and Lyerly had a pair of RBI.

Erskine had been limited to just two singles through seven innings, but rallied a bit in the eighth down 10-0.  Keith Hill (Abbeville, SC) and Brandon Garrett (Woodruff, SC) started the inning with singles and Chas Anthony (Pickens, SC) followed with a three-run homer.  Matt Schneider (Greenville, SC) also homered in the inning to cut the lead to 10-4.  The Flying Fleet had two more runners on in the ninth before Nathan Furr (Albemarle, NC/W. Stanly HS) retired the final two batters.

Hill led Erskine with two hits.  Bryan Fogle (Lexington, SC) picked up the first hit for the Flying Fleet in the fourth on the infield single to lead off the inning.  Mike Moore (Lexington, SC) fell to 10-2 as he allowed seven runs on nine hits in just an inning and two-thirds of work.  

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Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1),
Softball @ Barton, 7-2 WStats
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 3:00Stats
Lacrosse (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE, 4:00VideoStats
Softball @ Barton, 4:00Stats
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 6:00Stats

Calendar

«February 2019»
1
February 1

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 1)

Baseball vs, Lynn 6-5

2
February 2

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-10

Softball @ Augusta 2-1

Softball @ Augusta 5-2

3
February 3

Esports League of Legends Show Match 2-1

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 8-2

4
February 4

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 3-1

56
February 6

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 1)

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 5-6

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 9-7

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 0-2

Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 41-56

Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 84-75

7
February 7

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 2)

8
February 8

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 3)

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

9
February 9

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-5th

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)

Tennis (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7-0

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 13-17

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 7-4

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 82-61

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 9-0

Basketball (M) @ Mars HIll 89-66

10
February 10

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 12-4

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 15-0

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 10-2

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 11-1

11
February 11

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns GC)

12
February 12

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 1) 

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns GC) 19th of 19

13
February 13

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Coker 62-43

Basketball (M) @ Coker 94-69

1415
February 15

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Softball @ Barton 7-2

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

Softball @ Barton 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 6 p.m.

16
February 16

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 4 p.m.

1718
February 18

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

Tennis (W) @ Shaw 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Shaw 2 p.m.

19
February 19

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1 p.m.

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 3 p.m.

20
February 20

Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 7 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.

21
February 21

Tennis (W) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.

22
February 22

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

23
February 23

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 1)

Softball @ USC Aiken 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 2 p.m.

Softball @ USC Aiken 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Florida Tech 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

24
February 24

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 2)

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 1 p.m.

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3 p.m.

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February 26

Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.

27
February 27

Tennis (M) vs. JC SMITH 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 8 p.m.

28
February 28

Lacrosse (W) @ Limestone 4 p.m.

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