Underwood's Perfect Day Helps Baseball Slip by Crusaders


BELMONT, NC -- Catawba shortstop Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) went 4-for-4 from the plate and scored twice to give the Indians a come-from-behind 8-7 non-conference win over Belmont Abbey Wednesday afternoon at Abbey Yard. The Indians improved to 10-4 overall while the Crusaders are 12-7.

Catawba was down 6-1 after the second inning but proceeded to score seven unanswered runs to take back the lead and eventually the win.

Already up 2-0 off a Justin Vasquez homer in the first, Belmont Abbey put four more on the board in the second on just two hits for the five-run lead. The Crusaders roughed up Catawba starter Joe Kase (Palm Harbor, FL/Tarpon Springs/S.Florida CC) for six earned runs on three hits as he lasted one inning.

The Indians responded quickly in the third with four runs on six hits. Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) singled to start the inning then Underwood doubled down the leftfield line. A Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat) single scored Lawson as Underwood came across the plate next on a Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS) SAC fly. Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS) singled home Bostian and Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) did the same for  Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) to round out the scoring.

Clay Watson (Lexington, NC/N. Davidson HS), Nate King (Vancouver, WA/Skyview/NC State HS) and Ryan McClintock (Matthews, NC/Providence HS) added five innings of middle relief allowing just two hits and no runs. King picked up the win for the Indians, his first of the year.

Catawba tacked on three more runs in the fourth which would prove to be the ones that put it over the top. Lawson led off with a double to left center and later scored on a throwing error by the pitcher. Underwood scored on a Bostian single and Zubillaga sent Bostian in on a SAC fly of his own to give the Indians an 8-6 advantage.

The Crusaders tallied one run in the seventh on two hits to tighten it to a one-run game, but would not threaten again as JJ Jankowski (McMurray, PA/Peters Township HS/Miami, OH) came on as a closer in the ninth to earn the save while striking out two.

Catawba banged out 15 hits on the day while committing no errors.

The Indians host Newberry for a weekend South Atlantic Conference series starting Friday night, Mar. 2 at 6 p.m.

Today's Events

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1),
Swimming @ Lenoir-Rhyne,
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«January 2018»
January 3

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 76-70

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 63-85

January 5

Swimming MEN vs. ASHLAND 84-117

Swimming WOMEN vs. ASHLAND 102-95

January 6

Swimming Women @ Limestone 103-142

Swimming Men @ Limestone 104-136

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 60-88

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 75-101

January 10

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 55-52

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 77-71

January 12

Swimming WOMEN vs. BARTON 141-90

Swimming MEN vs. BARTON 131-89

January 13

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL  80-56

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 83-68

January 18

Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 65-73

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 87-92

January 20

Swimming @ Lenoir-Rhyne 

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 1) 

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 65-47

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 4 p.m.

January 21

Track/Field @ Wake Forest Invitational (Day 2)

January 24

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

January 26

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 1)

January 27

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Invitational (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Tusuclum 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

January 31

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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