April 3, 2016
Baseball Nails Down Second Straight Series Sweep
BREVARD, N.C. -- Catawba completed a three-game sweep of host Brevard in South Atlantic Conference baseball action by taking a 9-8 decision on Sunday afternoon at Coan Field. The Catawba Indians survived five errors to post their 10th straight win and improve to 23-11 overall and 13-5 in the SAC. The Tornados fall to 12-27 and 3-15.
For the third straight game, the Indians sweated through the final out with the tying run either on base or at the plate. Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) recorded his second save of the series and fourth of the year, getting the final out Sunday on a fly ball with runners at first and third.
The Tornados struck for a run in the first, but Catawba stormed back in the second as the first four batters of the inning recorded hits. Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) followed a leadoff single from Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) with a home run and the Indians led 2-1. Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) would add a RBI single and Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) a run-scoring double for a 4-1 edge.
Catawba answered two Brevard runs in the third with a pair in the fourth. Both runs scored when Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman/Campbell) bounced into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded that included a throwing error. Brevard chased starter Connor Johnson (Rockwell, N.C./E. Rowan) with a pair of runs in the fourth and tied it in the fifth off reliever DJ Laxton (Asheboro, N.C./E. Randolph).
The Indians regained the lead in the seventh as Jake Kimble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Liberty) doubled home two on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman/Appalachian St.) doubled home Kimble for a 9-6 lead.
As it did twice in Saturday's doubleheader, Brevard pushed the Indians until the final out. The Tornados scored twice in the eighth before Blanton came on to get the final out with runners at second and third. In the ninth, Caleb Jones led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Following a walk, Blanton got a ground out then the fly ball to right to end the game.
Laxton (2-0) grabbed the win as he allowed three runs (two earned) over four and a third innings. He walked none and fanned two. Bowden and Simpson led the offense as each picked up three hits for the Indians. Albertson extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Jones and Hunter Donaldson both had four hits for the Tornados. Brennan Allen drove in two runs and Ryan Smith scored three times. Jay Phillips (2-3), who pitched the final five innings for Brevard, took the loss.
Catawba returns home for non-conference action on Tuesday, hosting Mount Olive at 5 pm.
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|Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC),|
|Volleyball @ Francis Marion, 7:00|
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC)
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 7 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.
Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell,LR
Football vs. NEWBERRY noon
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 8 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Wingate Univ.) 9 a.m.
Football vs. MARS HILL 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 8 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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