Baseball Settles For Split in SAC Doubleheader at Mars Hill


MARS HILL, NC -- Catawba and host Mars Hill split a doubleheader in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Henderson Field.  The Catawba Indians won the opener 16-4 with the Lions earning the split with a 6-3 win in game two.  Catawba now stands at 11-8 overall and 5-2 in the SAC, while Mars Hill is 13-15 and 2-6.

The Indians blew open game one when they sent 16 batters to the plate in a 10-run fifth that gave Catawba a 14-1 lead.  Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) capped the frame with a grand slam.


Mars Hill had taken an early lead on a RBI single by Brian Williams.  A two-out single by Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS) in the third was followed by a Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS) homer to give the Tribe a 2-1 edge. 


In the big fifth inning, the first seven batters collected hits to push the lead to 8-0.  After two outs were recorded, a walk, a single and a walk upped the lead to 10-0.  Lyerly then belted his grand slam.  Ahearn and Lyerly each had two hits in the frame.


Blake Ketner (Davidson, NC/NW Cabarrus HS) pitched five innings to earn the win.  He allowed seven hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.  Of Catawba’s 16 hits, Ahearn, Hohn, Kevin McMillan (Salisbury, NC/N. Rowan HS) and Brian Hatley (Salisbury, NC/W. Rowan HS) had three each.  Lyerly had six RBI and Hatley also homered. 


Three of the first five Mars Hill batters homered to stake the Lions to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap.  Michael Dobre led off with a homer, Williams had a two-run shot and Matt Oleski a solo homer.  Catawba cut a 6-0 deficit in half in the sixth on a three-run homer by Query, but that would be as close as the Indians would get.

Alex Britt got the win for Mars Hill.  He pitched into the sixth and left after McMillan reached on an error following Query’s homer.  He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one.  Greg Smith got the final four outs for the Lions to grab the save.

Catawba had six hits in game two with Ahean, Query and Zeb Link (Woodleaf, NC/W. Rowan HS) each collecting a pair. 

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Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive, 3:00


«October 2019»
October 2

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1

October 4

Swimming @ King Invitational 

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3

October 5

Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th

Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th

Football @ Limestone 24-52

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4

October 7

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)

October 8

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16

Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3

October 9

Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2

October 11

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3

October 12

Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

October 14

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

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

October 15

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

October 16

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3

October 17

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

October 18

Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.

October 19

Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell,LR

Football vs. NEWBERRY noon

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 5:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 8 p.m.

October 21

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)

October 22

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)

Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

October 23

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

October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.

October 26

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.

October 30

Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.


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