Big Afternoons From Houston and Hawks Pace Baseball to Sweep of Mars Hill


SALISBURY, NC -- Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) and Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) keyed Catawba to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park.  The Catawba Indians improve to 24-13 overall and 17-6 in the SAC, winning for the 11th time in its last 12 league games.  The Lions fall to 16-22 and 9-12.

Houston enjoyed a 5-for-5 opener with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored.  Hawks drove in five runs in the opener and added another RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap.  Hawks, T.J. Wharton (Lutz, FL/Bishop McLaughlin HS/Guilford Tech) and Jon Wallace (Salisbury, NC/NW Cabarrus HS/Lynchburg) each hit two-run homers in the opener.  For Wallace, it marked his first collegiate round tripper.

After allowing a Mars Hill run in the first inning of the opener, Catawba sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, scoring seven runs to jump out early.  Hawks had his two-run homer in the inning and Houston tripled home the final two of the inning.

Dalton Eisenbath (Matthews, NC) homered for the Lions to start the fourth and after RBI from Dustin Jones (Shelby, NC) and Alex Zachary (Enfield, CT), Mars Hill was within 7-4.  Hawks plated a run in the bottom of the fourth and Wallace's two-run homer in the fifth made it 10-4.

Hawks doubled home two runs and Wharton added his two-run homer to push the Catawba lead to 14-4 after six.  Mars Hill scored four in the seventh, one on a RBI from Eisenbath and two more on a double from Adam Daniel (Wilton, NC), but the Catawba bullpen ended the rally.

Catawba pounded out 17 hits in the opener.  Wharton had three hits with three RBI and three runs scored.  John Tuttle (Kannapolis, NC/A.L. Brown HS) improved to 6-2 on the mound. 

Eisenbath and Evan Rogers (Kernersville, NC) each had three hits for the Lions in the opener.  Phillip Carroll (Hickory, NC) and Jacob Rand (Waxhaw, NC) both had two hits.

Hawks singled home Houston, who had walked, to give Catawba another early lead in the nightcap.  The Indians scored three times in the opening frame with Wharton and Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) also plating runs in that first inning.

Catawba blew the game open with five-run fourth.  Wharton capped the inning with a two-run single.

Shaefer Shepard (Boca Raton, Boca Raton HS/Francis Marion) picked up the win to up his record to 5-1.  He went five innings, allowing a single run off three hits with five strikeouts. 

Rogers had two hits for Mars Hill and drove in the first Lion run in the fifth.  Rand also had two hits and a RBI.

Catawba will head to BB&T Park on Tuesday to face Winston-Salem State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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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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