July 21, 2014
2013-14 Top Catawba Athletic Moments: No. 15
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No. 15: Baseball wins SAC Tournament Championship
After falling into the loser’s bracket with a defeat in game two of the tournament, Catawba responded with three straight wins to claim the title. The Indians tossed a pair of shutouts against Wingate in their final two games.
Catawba opened with an 11-2 win over Anderson behind six shutout inning by Craig Brooks. Jon Wallace and Cameron Beard collected three hits, while Paul Kronenfeld drove in three runs.
The Indians were sailing in game two against Newberry, leading 5-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh when the wheels fell off. The Wolves pushed across seven runs to take the lead and added three more in the eighth to knock off the top-seed 10-7.
Catawba’s pitching was dominate after the loss. In the first elimination game against Lincoln Memorial, Shaefer Shepard took a no-hitter into the seventh before eventually surrendering a pair of ninth-inning runs in a 4-2 win. Ethan Satterfield put the Indians up 4-0 in the third with a two-run single.
In the game of the tournament, Catawba outlasted Wingate in 12 innings in a 1-0 victory. Matt Farmakis held Wingate to just four hits over six frames, while Sean Grant and Michael Trombino added three and two-thirds innings of hitless relief. Ryan McClintock kept the Bulldogs off the board in the final innings until Brooks drove in the lone run on a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the 12th.
Catawba and Wingate would match up again in the final, but the Indians started a rout with an eight-run second frame. Beard had a two-run single early in the big inning, while T.J. Wharton ended it with a two-run double. That was plenty of support for Brooks, who threw six more shutout frames. Joe Watson and McClintock finished out the 10-0 shutout.
The Indian pitching staff finished the tournament with a 2.30 ERA, allowing just 14 runs over 47 innings. Opponents scored in just four of those 47 innings. Keaton Hawks hit .391 over the five games with Wharton leading the tourney with eight RBI.
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