Baseball Splits Doubleheader With #2 Mount Olive


MOUNT OLIVE, NC -- Catawba and host Mount Olive played to a split of a baseball doubleheader between nationally ranked squads on Saturday at Scarborough Field.  The second-ranked Trojans won the opener 9-1, while the 11th-ranked Catawba Indians won the nightcap 7-2.  The Indians now stand at 40-12, while Mount Olive is 38-7.

Nathan Furr (Albemarle, NC/W. Stanly HS) picked up the win for Catawba in game two as he pitched into the sixth, while Jordan Kuhn (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy HS) delivered three RBI.  Furr, the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of Year, was making his first start of the season as he returns from an off-season injury.  The senior improved to 3-0, allowing two runs off seven hits over five and two-thirds innings.

Catawba erupted for five runs in the third to back Furr.  Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS/North Greenville) put the Indians on top with a one-out, two-run double.  Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS) followed with a run-scoring single then Kuhn singled home two more.

The Trojans got a run back in the fourth on a RBI double by Dan Hayduk, but the Indians came right back with two more runs in the fifth.  Kuhn got a run home on a fielder’s choice and Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) singled home the final run.

Mount Olive started the sixth with a pair of singles off Furr.  The right-hander got Michael Knox to hit into a double play, which scored a run, but helped slow down the Trojan rally.  After a pair of walks, Clay Watson (Lexington, NC/N. Davidson HS) got the final out on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.  Ross Whitley (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) got the final three outs to give the Indians a split.

Carter Capps improved to 11-0 as he held the Indians to just five hits over eight innings to win the opener.  He walked one and struck out eight.  The lone run he surrendered came in the eighth as he hit Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) with two outs and walked Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat).  Hohn would follow with a single to break up the shutout.

Mount Olive took advantage of a Catawba error in the first to plate a pair of unearned runs then went up 5-0 in the third on Daniel Coffey’s two-run homer after a two-out error by the Indians extended the inning.  Knox added a two-run homer in the fourth to push the Trojan lead to 7-0.

Jason Simone and Nick Gaeta each had three hits to lead Mount Olive in the opener.  Ryan Faison added two more in the 13-hit attack.  Simone also had two hits in the second game.  Underwood collected a pair of hits for Catawba in the opener, while Dula had two hits in the nightcap.

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