Hawks' Two-Out Walk Off Single Lifts Baseball Past LMU


SALISBURY, NC -- Junior Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) delivered a two-out, two-run walk off single in the bottom of the night to lift Catawba to a 6-5 win over South Atlantic Conference opponent Lincoln Memorial in baseball action on Friday evening at Newman Park.  The 30th-ranked Catawba Indians improve to 28-13 on the season and 16-6 in the SAC.  The Railsplitters fall to 20-18 and 12-10.

Lincoln Memorial had snapped a 4-4 tie on a solo home run by Josh Coker (Murphy, NC) in the top of the ninth, but that only served to set the stage for Hawks' heroics.  Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) started the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk.  That chased LMU starter Brandon Cowen (Tequestra, FL), who had allowed just six hits over eight frames with nine strikeouts, but he had amassed 135 pitches. 

Zubillaga advanced to second on a sacrifice by Cameron Cockman (Pleasant Garden, NC/SE Guilford HS/UNC Wilmington) and went to third on a groundout.  Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) kept the inning alive with a walk and gave way to pinch-runner Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS).  Houston would steal second before Hawks hit his walk off to shallow center field. 

Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) earned the win for Catawba to improve to 8-2, tossing 132 pitches.  He allowed five runs, three earned, off eight hits with a walk and 10 strike outs.  Coker took the loss for Lincoln Memorial in relief.

The Railsplitters jumped on top in the second with an RBI single by Coker to bring in Nick Morabito (Vienna, VA).  Morabito reached based on a Catawba error and advanced to third after a second Catawba error. 

LMU added two more runs in the third after Lomascolo struggled to handle a pair of bunts to load the bases with none out.  Curt Fuqua (Jackson, TN) capitalized with an RBI single.  Andre Rodriguez (Caguas, PUERTO RICO) would hit into a double play, but plated the second Railsplitter run of the inning.

Cockman got the Indians on the board in the fifth with a two out solo homerun to left field.  Lincoln Memorial got that run back in the seventh.  In the bottom half of the inning Catawba rallied with two outs.  Singles by Cockman and Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) set the stage for pinch-hitter Zach Smith (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS/Pitt CC), who tied the game with a three-run homer to left.

Cockman was the lone Indians with more than one hit as he collected two on the night and scored twice.  Coker had three hits for LMU and scored twice. 

Catawba returns to action on Saturday as the Indians host Lincoln Memorial for a double header at Newman Park starting at 1 p.m.  Saturday will be marked as Senior Day at Catawba to recognize its senior members for their career with the baseball team.

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«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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