March 8, 2011
Baseball Knocks Off #17 USC Aiken
AIKEN, SC -- Visiting Catawba got three clutch two-out hits and outstanding pitching from freshman John Tuttle (Kannapolis, NC/A.L. Brown HS) as the Indians knocked off 17th-ranked USC Aiken 4-2 in baseball action on Tuesday night at Hernandez Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 15-5, while the Pacers fall to 13-5.
Tuttle allowed only three hits and two runs (one earned) over seven innings of work to stymie the nationally-ranked Pacers. He walked five and fanned four to improve to 2-1 on the year.
Benefitting from a one-out error in the sixth, Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) singled home John Neese (Summerfield, NC/NW Guilford/Guilford Tech) to snap a 2-2 tie and provide the Indians with the winning run. Zulio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) doubled home Houston for an insurance run.
Tuttle departed following the seventh and Wil Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly) allowed just a single runner on an error in the eighth, which he retired on a double play to end the frame. Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) struck out the side in the ninth, issuing only a two-out walk, to pick up his first save.
Catawba got on the board in the second, loading the bases on one-out singles by Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat), Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS/N. Greenville) and Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS). After a strikeout, Neese singled a pair home for a 2-0 lead.
Aiken came right back with two of its own in the second on just one hit. JJ Loker and Tripp Warrick reached with walks and the Pacers loaded the bases on Tyler Bourdo’s bunt single. Loker scored on a passed ball and Warrick on Teddy Leverett’s ground out. USCA threatened to take the lead in the third after consecutive one-out doubles, but a runner was cut down at third and Catawba didn’t allow another Pacer hit the rest of the way.
Furr collected two of the nine Catawba hits, while Neese drove in two and scored a run. Stephen Carmon and Josh Miller had the doubles for USCA in the third. Ryan Milewski allowed four runs, only two earned, and surrendered seven hits in his five and two-thirds innings.
The teams pushed up Wednesday's start time to 1 p.m. due to forecasted rains later in the day.
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