February 3, 2013
Brooks Saves Both Games as #13 Baseball Sweeps #17 Tusculum
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba swept a baseball doubleheader from Tusculum on Sunday afternoon in a battle between nationally-ranked teams at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians, ranked 13th in NCAA II, improve to 4-0, winning 5-3 and 8-7. The 17th-ranked Pioneers fall to 1-2.
The Indians rallied late to take the opener then benefited from 11 walks in game two to help overcome six errors to complete the sweep. Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) saved both games for Catawba by tossing scoreless ninth innings.
Catawba trailed game one 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but tied the game after Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) was hit by a pitch with two outs and Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodbury Forest HS/Georgia Tech) doubled him home. Following an infield single by Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS), Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) plated the go-ahead run on infield single of his own.
Satterfield singled home an insurance run in the eighth and Brooks closed it out. Tusculum had grabbed the lead on a first-inning single by Joe Polichetti (Dunkirk, NY). Catawba answered on a two-run single by Dula in its first. TC tied it in the second off a passed ball then took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Jalen Shuffler (Greeneville, TN) in the sixth.
Dula, Kronenfeld, Satterfield and Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) each had two hits for Catawba. Zubillaga had a pair of RBI. Ryan McClintock (Matthews, NC/Providence HS) got the win in relief as he tossed two scoreless innings on just one hit. Ross Whitley (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) pitched six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) off six hits.
Trey Drewery (Vale, NC) had two hits for Tusculum. Bully Sivyer (Knoxville, TN) took the loss in relief of Taylor Rakes (Norcross, GA).
Tusculum went on top 3-1 in game two after RBI-singles by Tripper Crisson (Lincolnton, NC) and Matt Stevens (St. Charles, IL) in the second and a solo homer by Matt Henriksen (Hingham, MA) in the third. Catawba would scored five times in its third to go on top for good.
Four of the first five Indian batters in the third drew walks with Brooks forcing home a run with his walk. Danny Parisi (Shirley, NY/Longwood HS) put Catawba on top with a two-run single and Houston singled home two more for a 6-3 edge. TC trimmed the margin to 6-5, but Catawba put up two more in the fifth on another bases-loaded walk and a groundout by Satterfield.
The Pioneers made it interesting in the eighth, scoring a pair of unearned runs. Adam Guinn's (Norris, TN) single got Tusculum within a run, but McClintock got out of the inning. The Pioneers got the tying run to second in the ninth with one out, but Brooks got a fly out and a strikeout to grab his second save.
Parisi had two hits for the Indians, while Kronenfeld walked three times and Brooks twice. Cameron Cockman (Pleasant Garden, NC/SE Guilford HS/UNC Wilmington) earned the win with five innings on the mound. He allowed five runs (four earned) off nine hits with four strikeouts.
Tusculum out-hit Catawba 13-5, but the 11 walks could not offset six Tribe errors. Drewery, Henrikson, Guinn, Crisson and Cade Stallings (Knoxville, TN) each had two hits. Crisson had two RBI. Adam Sigmon (Taylorsville, NC) took the loss in relief.
Catawba will play in a tournament in Asheboro, NC, next weekend hosted by Pfeiffer. The Indians open up against Barton on Friday afternoon.
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