Baseball Walks Past Anderson In Series Opener


ANDERSON, S.C. -- Senior T.J. Wharton (Lutz, Fla./Bishop McLaughlin HS/Guilford Tech) hit a pair of three-run homers to help 24th-ranked Catawba roll past host Anderson 20-7 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Friday night at Anderson Memorial Stadium.  The win was the 10th straight for the Catawba Indians, who improve to 21-4 overall and 12-3 in the SAC.  The Trojans fall to 14-11 and 9-7.

Wharton banged out four hits on the night and drove in seven.  He had three-run homers in both of Catawba's five-run frames in the second and third innings.  Will Alberton (Sophia, N.C./Randleman HS/Campbell) drove in six runs on two hits, one a three-run homer, while Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury HS) had three hits and three RBI.

Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, N.C./S. Rowan HS) set a Catawba record by drawing five bases on balls and scored a record-tying six runs.  It equaled the mark by Craige Lyerly in 2008. 

Craig Brooks (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood HS) put Catawba on top to stay when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the first.  It was one of a dozen in the game for the Indians.  Catawba went on to score three times in the first, but Anderson got two back in the bottom half.

Wharton hit the first of three-run homers to make it 6-2 in the second and after Bowden's RBI double it was 8-2.  Anderson threatened in the bottom of the second, loading the bases on a single, an error and a hit batter with no outs.  Shaefer Shepard (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton HS) posted a strikeout and a double play ball to escape the inning unharmed.

Wharton cranked another three-run homer in the third and the rout was on.  Albertson hit a three-run homer in the fourth and tripled home two in the fifth to make it 17-2.  The Indians rapped out 17 hit in the win.  Brooks also had three hits.  Grayland Fowler (Moore, S.C./Dorman HS) scored four runs and  Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan HS) crossed the plate three times.

Shepard picked up the win to move to 6-1.  He pitched into the sixth and gave up just four earned runs off nine hits.  He fanned three.  Avery Bowles (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson HS) earned a save.  He tossed the final three and a third innings, allowing no runs off four hits with six strikeouts.

Catawba and Anderson will complete the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 pm.

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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

September 16

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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