Southard, freshmen arms lift Baseball to SAC Tourney title

NEWBERRY, SC – Sophomore Spence Southard (Greensboro, NC) drove home four runs, while three freshmen pitchers combined to pitch Catawba College to the Championship of the 2002 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Kirkland Field. The Indians defeated top-seeded Carson-Newman 5-2 in the final event of the 2002 SAC Spring Sports Festival. Catawba, the third-seed improves to 30-21, while the Eagles fall to 39-17. The tournament championship marked the first for Catawba in three tries as the Indians fell twice after advancing through the winners bracket in both 1992 and 1993 after winning regular season titles. Catawba will now wait to see if 30 wins and the championship will be enough to gain a NCAA II regional bid. Freshman Matt Fairweather (Lenoir, NC) got the start for Catawba and tossed five shutout innings before surrendering a two-run home run to Aaron Shaffer with one out in the sixth. It would be the only runs he would allow, tossing seven and a third innings and scattering five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in improving to 5-1 on the season. While Fairweather kept Carson-Newman at bay, the Indians scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to lead 3-2. Southard broke the scoreless tie with two outs in the fourth as he singled home Chad Hill (Bennett, NC), who had singled and stole second. In the fifth, Josh Jordan (Gastonia, NC) drew a two out walk and scored after an overthrow as he took third on a single by Israel Morrow (Claremont, NC). After the Eagles tied the game in the top of the sixth, Southard would again single home Hill, who had led off with a double. Left-hander Jeff Abdelnour (Cohoes, NY) replaced Fairweather with a runner at second and one out in the eighth to face the left-handed hitting Shaffer and recorded a strikeout. Spencer Anthony (Charlotte, NC) registerd the final out of the inning on a ground out to second. Catawba would add a pair of insurance runs in the eighth as Hill and Curt Motsinger (Kernersville, NC) led off with consecutive doubles and scored on a double down the left field line by Southard. Carson-Newman got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Anthony induced another grounder to Jordan at second to end the game and earn his first save. Southard was 3-for-4 with his four RBI and stole two bases to set a new Catawba season mark with 30. Hill also had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs. Jason Southerland had two hits for the Eagles. Catawba’s pitching was dominant over the weekend as the staff allowed only five runs over four games. Over 36 innings, Catawba posted a 1.25 ERA and allowed just 25 hits. The Tribe defense was also outstanding as the unit made nearly 99% of its plays, making just two errors in 161 chances. The Tribe turned three doubleplays and threw out two of three basestealers. #####

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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