Baseball Uses 12-Run Frame to Pound Wingate 20-7


WINGATE, NC -- NCAA Division II 21st-ranked Catawba used a 12-run second inning to roll to a 20-7 win over host Wingate in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday night at Christopher Stadium.  The Catawba Indians delivered its highest run-scoring output of the season in improving to 29-8.  The Bulldogs fell to 24-18.

The Indians trailed 2-0 after an inning, but erupted for the 12 runs to take command in the second.  The first nine Catawba batters reached base to give the Tribe a 7-0 lead before an out was recorded.  John Neese (Summerfield, NC/NW Guilford HS/Guilford Tech) led off with a single and scored on a wild pitch after the next two batters were walked.  Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) also raced home to tie the game on a wild pitch to tie the score.

Catawba’s bats took over then.  Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS/N. Greenville) singled home two and Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS) followed with an RBI single.  Consecutive Wingate errors led to another run before Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat) and Hohn capped the frame with RBI doubles.

Joe Kase (Palm Harbor, FL/Tarpon Springs HS/S. Florida CC) got the start for the Indians, seeing his first action since a March 9 start at USC Aiken.  The junior surrendered a two-run homer to Dodson McPherson in the first inning, but cruised after that behind Catawba’s offensive outburst.  Kase (1-1) went six innings, allowing three runs off seven hits with three strikeouts. 

Catawba finished with 19 hits and drew 10 walks.  Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) was among a trio of Indians to collect three hits.  He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Neese enjoyed a 3-for-5 night and scored three runs.  Dula also went 3-for-4. 

Catawba jumped up to #9 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll.

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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

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Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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