April 23, 2011
Baseball Falls in SAC Final to Wingate
FOREST CITY, NC -- Wingate claimed the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament Championship with a 7-1 victory over 13th-ranked Catawba on Saturday afternoon at McNair Field. Tournament Most Valuable Player Chris Nelson allowed one hit over five innings to earn the victory, and Dodson McPherson hit a three-run home run in the third to break a 1-1 tie as the second-seeded Bulldogs (34-20) earned their first SAC tournament crown since 1998 and fifth overall. Catawba, which had claimed the last two tournament titles, falls to 39-10.
Nelson finished 2-0 with a 0.69 earned run average in the tournament for the Bulldogs, allowing just five hits and one earned run while striking out seven in 13 innings of work. The lefty improved to 6-3 overall this season with the victory.
Chris Vazquez led a 12-hit attack by the Bulldogs with three hits, all doubles, while Cale Rogers, McPherson and James Tedder each had a pair of hits. Meanwhile, Nelson and three relievers combined to hold the Indians to just four hits in the game.
Catawba, which entered the day needing to defeat Wingate twice in order to win the championship, got off to a good start with a run in the second inning. Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) was hit by a pitch with one out and moved all the way to third on a sacrifice by Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS). Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) then hit a grounder that was misplayed for an error, allowing Underwood to score with the game's first run.
After being blanked in each of the first two innings by Catawba starter Joe Kase (Palm Harbor, FL/Tarpon Springs HS/S. Florida CC), Wingate started what proved to be the decisive rally in the third with one out. Taylor Honeycutt flared a single down the right field line with one out, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Rogers. After a double to left by Vazquez put runners on second and third, McPherson clubbed a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a 4-1 Bulldog lead.
The Bulldogs tacked on single runs in the fourth, eighth and ninth frames for insurance. Tedder singled home the run in the fourth, Casey Allison singled home a run in the eighth and Rogers doubled home the final run in the ninth.
2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball All-Tournament Team
Chris Nelson, Wingate (Most Valuable Player)
Brian Yeung, Wingate
Justin Somers, Wingate
Jacob Karr, Wingate
Cameron Falcon, Wingate
Dodson McPherson, Wingate
Austin Moyer, Catawba
JJ Jankowski, Catawba
Josh Hohn, Catawba
Chris Dula, Catawba
Mario Rojas, Newberry
Tyler Sturkie, Newberry
Juan Alvarez, Lincoln Memorial
Steven Starbird, Lincoln Memorial
Sean Cotten, Tusculum
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Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
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
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 3-0
Swimming Women at East Carolina 65-165
Swimming Men vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 79-178
Swimming Women vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 117-140
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Swimming Men @ East Carolina 75-182
Football vs. NEWBERRY 21-44
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 3-6
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
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.
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Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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