May 19, 2011
Baseball Rallies Late to Top Francis Marion at Regional Tournament
MOUNT OLIVE, NC -- Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) tied the game with a two-out single in the ninth and Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS/North Greenville) singled home the winning run in the tenth as fifth-seeded Catawba rallied for a 2-1 win over Francis Marion at the NCAA II Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Catawba Indians, ranked 19th in NCAA II, improves to 41-13 overall and next faces UNC Pembroke on Friday night. The Patriots, ranked ninth and seeded second, fall to 37-15, and will face an elimination game on Friday morning.
Francis Marion starter Don Sandifer kept the Indians off balance for much of the game, but after being held scoreless for eight innings Catawba got off the mat and Underwood produced the big hit to force extra innings. Austin Moyer (Greensboro, NC/SE Guilford HS/USC Upstate) singled with one out in the ninth and pinch-runner Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) moved to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Underwood laced the first pitch he saw to left field to drive in the tying run.
Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) singled off FMU reliever Jarrott Hooks to open the tenth and was sacrificed to second by Ryan Bostian (China Grove, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat). Hohn then came through with a single to left and Zubillaga scored without a throw to give the Indians a 2-1 edge.
Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) had matched Sandifer in a battle of each league’s Pitcher of the Year. The sophomore lefty sat down the final eight batters to post the 10-inning complete game win. Lomascolo allowed just four hits, walked one, hit one and fanned one as he improved to 9-3 on the season.
Francis Marion took the lead in the opening inning. Michael Wilson was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first and was sacrificed to second. He moved to third on a fly out and scored on a two-out single by Preston Shuey. Sandifer allowed five hits and struck out eight in his nine innings. Hooks (4-1) took the loss as he allowed a run on a pair of hits in the tenth.
Underwood was the only player on either team with two hits. Catawba held a 7-4 edge in hits, will neither team connecting on an extra-base hit.
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