March 8, 2014
Brooks Helps Baseball Salvage Final Game of LMU Series
HARROGATE, TN -- Catawba hit four home runs to help salvage the final game of a three-game South Atlantic Conference baseball series with Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon at Hennon Field. The Railsplitters had won the opener 8-5 before the Catawba Indians took an 8-1 win in the nightcap. The Indians now stand at 10-11 overall and 6-5 in the SAC. LMU is 14-6-1 and 10-4.
Catawba avoided the sweep behind the arm of Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) and the power of four home runs. Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodberry Forest HS/Georgia Tech) started with a solo shot in the first then Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) and Shaefer Shepard (Boca Raton, FL/Boca Raton HS/Francis Marion) added homers for a 3-1 lead.
Shepard's homer in the fifth started a five-run frame for the Indians. Before the inning was over Hawks and Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) had both delivered two-run singles. Dylan Richardson (Randleman, NC/Randleman HS/Appalachian St.) capped the scoring with a homer in the sixth.
While the Catawba bats stayed hot, Brooks finally cooled down the Railsplitters. The junior upped his record to 3-2 as he gave up just a single run over six innings, scattering five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Hawks, Zubillaga and Richardson each had two hits in the finale. Hawks picked up three RBI.
In the opener, LMU took a 2-0 lead after an inning on a two-run homer from Kelvin Brito. The Railsplitters added two more runs in the third and another in the fourth for a 5-1 edge. Kronenfeld got Catawba within a run with a three-run homer for the Indians in the fifth.
Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) singled home a Catawba run in the sixth to make it 6-5, but Josh Coker hit a solo homer for LMU in the seventh and Jacob West singled home a run in the eighth to push the Railsplitter lead to 8-5.
Kronenfeld had two hits and four RBI in the opener for Catawba. Houston and Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS) both had two hits. Sean Grant (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell) took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits over six and a third innings.
Brito and West were among four players with two hits for LMU. Brito had three RBI. Zac Butler (3-3) picked up the win with seven innings of work. He surrendered five runs on 10 hits. Josh Coker retired the final four batter with a pair of strikeouts to claim his seventh save on the year.
Catawba will travel to Mount Olive on Tuesday for a non-conference game at 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.
Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell,LR
Football vs. NEWBERRY noon
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 8 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Wingate Univ.) 9 a.m.
Football vs. MARS HILL 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 8 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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