February 28, 2014
Tuttle Masterful as Baseball Takes Series Opener vs. LR
HICKORY, NC -- Senior John Tuttle (Kannapolis, NC/A.L. Brown HS) tossed a complete game as Catawba grabbed a 2-1 win over host Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday night at Bears Field. The Catawba Indians up their record to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in the SAC, while the Bears fall to 4-12 and 1-8.
Tuttle did not allow an earned run, gave up seven hits, walked two and posted a dozen strikeouts. He finished strong, fanning five of the last six batters and improved his record to 2-1.
The Bears got an unearned run in the first. Josh Murphy singled with one out and went to third on a base hit by Ivan Vieitez. Murphy scored on an error, but Tuttle got out of the frame without further damage.
Catawba took the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) led off with a single and Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) reached on an error. A foul fly out to right off the bat of Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) turned into a sacrifice fly to tie the score and Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) drove home the final run on a single.
Tuttle worked around a pair of hits in the fourth and the biggest threat which came in the sixth after a leadoff double by Matt De La Rosa. After the double, Jordyn Cruz singled with one out and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Tuttle got out of it with a strikeout and a ground out then sailed to win, sitting down the final eight men he faced.
Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) was the lone player on either team with more than one hit. He collected singles in the second and sixth innings.
Eric Ryan pitched well in a losing effort for Lenoir-Rhyne. He also went nine innings, allowing two unearned runs off five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
The teams are set to complete the three-game series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Bears Field.
Basketball (M) @ Southern Wesleyan 92-71
Basketball (W) @ Chowan 48-37
Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 77-90
Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 81-64
Basketball (W) vs. COKER 70-54
Basketball (M) vs. COKER 106-72
Swimming Women @ Queens 40-165
Swimming Men at Queens 37-166
Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 59-72
Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 96-83
Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 74-71
Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 86-87
Swimming Men @ Wingate w/LR
Swimming WOMEN vs. WINGATE/LR
Basketball (W) @ Anderson 60-100
Basketball (M) @ Anderson 80-82
Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 8 p.m.
Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 1)
Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 2)
Basketball (W) @ Tusculum 2 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 4 p.m.
Basketball (W) vs. NEWBERRY 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY 8 p.m.
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