March 28, 2014
Houston Slams Wingate as Baseball Opens Series With 10-4 Win
WINGATE, NC -- Junior Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Catawba to a 10-4 win over host Wingate to open a weekend South Atlantic Conference baseball series on Friday night at Christopher Stadium. The Catawba Indians win for the 10th straight game in improving to 19-11overall and 13-5 in the SAC. The Bulldogs fall to 21-9 and 15-6.
Houston drove in five runs on the night with three hits. His grand slam in the third made it 9-1. Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) and Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) also homered for Catawba.
The offense backed strong pitching from Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS), who improved to 7-2. He allowed four runs off four hits while walking three and striking out seven over seven innings. Michael Trombino (Boca Raton, FL/Calvary Academy) allowed just one hit in shutting out Wingate over the final two frames.
Justin Somers accounted for all the Bulldog runs. He hit a solo home run in the second and a three-run homer in the fourth. Eric Serra reached base twice for Wingate as he walked and then doubled in the seventh. Olen Little (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up nine runs (six earned) off 10 hits, as Catawba knocked him out after three innings.
Catawba used a pair of Wingate errors to plate three runs in the first inning. Houston led off the game with a single and later came home on an error. Zubillaga had a sacrifice fly and Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS) doubled home a run.
Houston hit a solo homer in the second and added his grand slam in the third as Catawba took control. Zubillaga had led off the third with a home run. Satterfield capped the scoring for the Indians on his homer in the fourth.
Satterfield, Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodberry Forest HS/Georgia Tech) and Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) each had two hits for Catawba. The Indians out-hit Wingate 13-5.
The teams are scheduled to complete the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3
Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1
Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5
Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170
Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3
Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2
Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35
Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0
Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1
Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4
Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of SALISBURY)
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
Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0
Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th
Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1)
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5
Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3
Football @ Wingate 25-35
Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0
Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
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
Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4
Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4
Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.
Football vs. TUSCULUM 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Mars HIll 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 5 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 7:30 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.
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.
Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)
Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.
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