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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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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