Strong Pitching Leads Baseball To Sweep of #12 Carson-Newman


JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba opened South Atlantic Conference baseball action by sweeping a doubleheader from 12th-ranked Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 10-4 and 5-0 and have four wins against top 25 teams this season.  Catawba improves to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the SAC.  The Eagles fall to 8-5 and 0-2.

In the opener, the Indians pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of three C-N errors to win 10-4. The Eagles managed eight hits in the game. 

Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) and Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS) led Catawba with three hits each.  Jake Faggart (Concord, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) added two hits with a home run and two RBIs, while Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS) added a pair of hits.  Tyler Wynn (LaGrange, GA) went 3-for-3 to lead the Eagles.

The Indians struck first in the top of the fourth inning with two runs.  Ahearn scored on a passed ball to give Catawba a 1-0 lead then Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) delivered a RBI single to plate Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS).  Catawba pushed its lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth when Query hit into a double play, allowing Lyerly to score from third.

C-N put its first run on the board in the home half of the fifth.  Wynn singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on an Evan Patterson (Knoxville, TN) single and scored when Cody Nix (Cartersville, GA) reached base safely on an error.

The Indians answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on RBI singles by Faggart and Ahearn to give Catawba a 5-1 advantage.  The Eagles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut Catawba's lead to 5-4.  Antonio Nickel (Naples, FL) drove in one run and a Tribe error allowed the final two runs to score.

Faggart launched a two-out solo home run for Catawba in the eighth to give the Indians a 6-4 lead then the Tribe put the game away in the ninth with a four-run outburst.  Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) improved to 2-0, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings on the mound.

Trevor Mullins (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale HS) tossed a two-hit shutout in the nightcap for the Indians.  He walked one and struck out seven.  Aaron Vargas (Oak Ridge, TN) collected the only two hits for the Eagles.  Lyerly had two of the five Catawba hits.

As they did in the first game, the Indians struck in the top of the first inning.  Query scored on a wild pitch to give Catawba an early 1-0 lead.  The Indians added a run in the top of the second on an Ahearn single to right field that drove in Faggart to give the Indians a 2-0 advantage after two.

Catawba continued to pull away from the Eagles in the top of the fourth, extending its lead to 4-0 on a pair of C-N miscues.  Lyerly singled home Zeb Link (Woodleaf, NC/W. Rowan HS) and Faggart scored on an error.  The Indians added the final run off another C-N error.

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«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC) 

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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