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Wharton's Sac Fly Lifts Baseball to 12-inning Win at Aiken

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AIKEN, S.C. -- A sacrifice fly by T.J. Wharton (Lutz, Fla./Bishop McLaughlin HS/Guilford Tech) in the top of the 12th helped ninth-ranked Catawba down host USC Aiken 3-2 in baseball action on Friday night at Hernandez Stadium.  The win improves the Catawba Indians to 39-12, while the Pacers fall to 33-15.

USC Aiken had battled back from a 2-0 deficit with single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extra innings.  In the 12th, Emmitt Carden (Whispering Pines, N.C./Union Pines HS) was hit by a pitch to start the inning and went to second on a passed ball.   Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle HS) sacrificed him to third where he scored on a fly ball to center by Wharton.

The Pacers got singles by Randy Luckett and Cory Bryant to start the bottom of the 12th then Blanton came back with a pair of strikeouts.  Following a walk to Chaz Pal, Blanton got Ty Barkell to fly out to center to end the game.

Blanton posted the win to improve to 2-2.  He tossed two scoreless innings on two hits and a walk with five punch outs.  James Lynch (3-2) took the loss for USCA, tossing three innings of relief and giving up a run on one hit with a pair of strikeouts.

Both starters were electric as they combined for 25 strikeouts.  Craig Brooks (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood HS) pitched into the eighth and allowed a run on seven hits with five walks and a dozen strikeouts for the Indians.  Forrest Koumas went nine innings and scattered five hits while allowing two run for USCA.  He walked none and fanned 13.

Catawba broke a scoreless tie in the sixth.  After a pair of strikeouts to start the inning, Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, N.C./S. Rowan HS) singled with two outs.  Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley HS) followed with a two-run homer.

Aiken finally broke through on Brooks in the eighth.  Tyler Moore started the frame with an infield single and went to second on a ground out.  With two outs, Zack Moon walked and TJ Costen singled to plate Moore and cut the Catawba lead to 2-1.  Ryan McClintock (Matthews, N.C./Providence HS) entered and picked Costen off first to end the inning.

In the ninth, Sean Miller led off with a hit and was sacrificed to second.  After a ground out, Kody Belcher singled to center to score Miller and tie the game.

Catawba managed just six hits and did not draw a walk, but did benefit from the one hit batter which led to the winning run.  Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman HS/Appalachian St.) had two hits, including a double for the Indians.  Belcher and Luckett each had two of 11 hits for the Pacers, who also walked six times, but left 10 on base.

The teams will finish a two-game series with a 2 pm contest on Saturday.

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April 3

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Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

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Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

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April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

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Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

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Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

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April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

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April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

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April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

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April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

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April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

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April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

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April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

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April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

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Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

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April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

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April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

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April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

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Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

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Softball @ SAC Tournament

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