Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Florida Southern


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and visiting Florida Southern split a baseball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Newman Park.  The Catawba Indians took the opener 7-5, while the Moccasins posted a 2-0 victory in game two.  Catawba is now 1-4 on the year and Florida Southern is 2-4.

John Tuttle (Kannapolis, NC/Brown HS) tossed eight solid innings to win the opener for the Indians.  He surrendered just five hits and all four runs he allowed were unearned.  He evened his record at 1-1, walking one and fanning four.

Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodberry Forest HS/Georgia Tech) and Mario Parisi (Shirley, NY/Longwood HS) each had three hits in the opening win for Catawba.  Dylan Richardson  (Randleman, NC/Randleman HS/Appalachian St.) collected three RBI.

Catawba took the lead in the second when Richardson drew a walk with the bases loaded.  The Indians added three in the third to go up 4-0.  Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) walked to force home a run and Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) plated another on a ground out.  The final run of the frame scored when Richardson was hit by a pitch.

Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) led off the fourth inning with Catawba's first home run of the year and a RBI double later in the frame by Satterfield upped the lead to 6-0.  The Moccasins got four of their runs in the seventh.  An error with two outs allowed the first run to score and Jimmy Correnti followed with a three-run homer.

Richardson added his final RBI in the bottom of the seventh as he plated Brooks, who had singled with one out.  Florida Southern brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the ninth, but Ryan McClintock (Matthews, NC/Providence HS) limited the Moccasins to a single run after getting a ground out and a fly out.

Brian Johnson threw five scoreless innings for Florida Southern in the nightcap and Nick Krolczyk locked down the save with an inning and two-thirds of one-hit relief.  Sean Grant was the tough-luck loser for Catawba as he surrendered just two hits over five an a third innings.

Grant was perfect until Keith Curcio homered with two outs in the fourth for FSC.  A Catawba error allowed Seth Miller to score an insurance run for the Moccasins in the sixth.

Catawba had its chances, collecting nine hits in the loss, but hit into a pair of double plays and had another runner erased on the base path.  The Indians had two hits in the first, third and four innings.  FSC had just four hits.

The teams will finish the three-game series at Newman Park on Saturday.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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