January 30, 2009
Baseball Set To Open Season on Feb. 4; Have Seven Named to SAC Pre-Season Squad
ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba College was picked second behind 22nd-ranked Tusculum in the race for the 2009 South Atlantic Conference baseball championship in a poll of the league’s head coaches. The Pioneers received six first-place votes and 76 total points in the poll, while Catawba got three first place votes and 70 points. The preseason All-Conference team was also announced, with the Catawba Indians placing the most on the team with seven selections.
Four of the Indians see time on the mound, including a pair of starters in seniors Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) and Alex Fairweather (Lenoir, NC/W. Caldwell HS). Ketner, a first team pick, finished with an 8-3 record and a 3.34 ERA last year. Fairweather, who was named to the second team, was 8-2 with a 3.65 ERA and has 23 career wins.
Senior relief pitcher Tim Holmes (Bay Village, OH/Bay HS) was also named to the first team after he went 5-1 last season, posting a 3.83 ERA. Junior Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) was named as the first team designated hitter as he posted a .368 average. He also saw action on the mound with a 5-1 record and a pair of saves. He had a team-low 2.08 ERA.
Other Catawba picks on the pre-season team were senior shortstop Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS) and junior third baseman Craig Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) on the first team and catcher Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS), who was a second team pick.
Ahearn finished the 2008 season with a .293 average and collected 25 RBI and stole nine bases. Lyerly batted .390 last season with 13 home runs and 70 RBI. He stole a team-high 27 bases. Query hit .359 and had 49 RBI. Teams attempted only 36 stolen bases with Query behind the plate.
Catawba opens the 2009 season on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. against Barton. The Indians will play in the pre-season SAC Tournament at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium the following weekend, including a match-up with #22 Tusculum on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
2009 SAC BASEBALL COACHES POLL
Poll Total (1st)
1. Tusculum 76 (6)
2. Catawba 70 (3)
3. Carson-Newman 63
4. Wingate 49
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 46
6. Newberry 34
7. Lincoln Memorial 30
9. Mars Hill 27
9. Brevard 10
2009 PRESEASON SAC BASEBALL ALL CONFERENCE TEAM
Catcher – Mike Dobre, Mars Hill
Pitcher – Raymond Ruggles, Tusculum
Pitcher– Blake Ketner, Catawba
Pitcher – Boo Morrow, Tusculum
Relief Pitcher – Tim Holmes, Catawba
First Base – Derek Long, Carson-Newman
Second Base – Brian Williams, Mars Hill
Shortstop – Chris Ahearn, Catawba
Third Base – Craige Lyerly, Catawba
Outfielder – Nick Siega-Riz, Wingate
Outfielder – Tyler Wynn, Carson-Newman
Outfielder – Ricky Feliz, Tusculum
Designated Hitter – Brett Hatley, Catawba
Catcher – Ryan Query, Catawba
Pitcher – Alex Fairweather, Catawba
Pitcher – C.J. Hillyer, Tusculum
Pitcher – Wes McIntyre, Carson-Newman
Relief Pitcher – Corbin Ariail, Carson-Newman
First Base – Zach Glass, Lenoir-Rhyne
Second Base – Hank Wofford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Shortstop – Mills Rogers, Carson-Newman
Third Base – Corry DiBiase, Mars Hill
Outfielder – Phillip Bartz, Newberry
Outfielder – Brandon Savoca, Mars Hill
Outfielder – Evan Taylor, Lenoir-Rhyne
Designated Hitter – Kevin Childs, Wingate
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 3-0
Swimming Women at East Carolina 65-165
Swimming Men vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 79-178
Swimming Women vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 117-140
Swimming Women vs. Campbell 58-203
Swimming Men @ East Carolina 75-182
Football vs. NEWBERRY 21-44
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 3-6
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Wingate Univ.) 9 a.m.
Football vs. MARS HILL 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 8 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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