March 7, 2009
McMillan's Grand Slam Helps Baseball Split DH With LMU
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and Lincoln Memorial battled to a split of a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park. The Railsplitters took the opener 6-4, while Catawba rallied for a 13-12 win in the nightcap. The Catawba Indians now stand at 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the SAC, while LMU is 13-10 and 3-6.
Catawba salvaged the split on Kevin McMillan’s (Salisbury, NC/N. Rowan HS) grand slam with one out in the sixth. With one out, Ryan Query (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) and Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS) singled and Brett Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) drew a walk. That set the table for McMillan who hit a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall to give Catawba its 13-12 edge.
LMU came back in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out. Nathan Furr (Albemarle, NC/W. Stanly HS), who did not allow a run in his three and two-thirds innings of relief, got an infield pop up and a strike out to end the game.
The Railsplitters took a 4-0 lead after a half inning, keyed by a two-run single by John Couch (Bonnyman, KY). Catawba battled back to take a 7-5 lead after two innings, scoring four times in the second on solo home runs by Jake Faggart (Concord, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) and Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) and a two-run homer by Query.
Lincoln Memorial went back on top in the third following a three-run homer from Ralph Rosas (Bayamon, PUERTO RICO). Joseph Horsley’s (Corryton, TN) three-run homer in the fifth pushed the LMU lead to 12-8, but Furr shut down the Railsplitters from their and the Indians rallied.
Rosas had four hits for LMU in the nightcap after collecting three hits in the opener. Shane Kaufman (Miramar, FL) had three hits in the first game and a pair in game two. Query had three hits in each game for Catawba. Lyerly had three hits in the opener and two in the nightcap.
Cody Pack (Andersonville, TN) staked Lincoln Memorial to a lead in the opener with a two-run homer in the second then the Railsplitters held on to grab the win. Catawba would strand 14 runners, including six in the final three innings.
LMU led 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh when Catawba loaded the bases with one out. Hatley got a run home on a sacrifice fly and a single by McMillan loaded the bases again. Zeb Link (Woodleaf, NC/W. Rowan HS) was hit by a pitch to force home a run to make it 4-3, but reliever Jeff Ludlow (Palm Harbor, FL) got a comebacker to end the frame.
Pack had a RBI double in the eight and Tommy Castro (Deerfield Beach, FL) singled home a run in the ninth as LMU stretched the lead to 6-3. Link would double with one out in the ninth to put a pair of runners on and Joe Manser (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) got one run in on a groundout, but Ludlow got a strikeout to end the game.
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