Albertson Extends Hitting Streak to 19 Games in 24-22 Loss to Belmont Abbey


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey out-slugged host Catawba to post a 24-22 win in a four hour, 23 minute marathon baseball game on Wednesday night at Newman Park.  The Crusaders, ranked 10th in NCAA II, improve to 28-7-1.  The Catawba Indians had an 11-game winning streak snapped in falling to 24-12.

The Indians erased an early 11-4 deficit with a nine-run fourth, but the Crusaders bounced back with a six-run seventh that proved to be the difference.  Matt McGarry's solo home run gave Belmont Abbey a 20-19 lead in the seventh, following a two-run run homer by Thomas Yoder that had tied it two batters earlier.

Catawba scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but couldn't quite catch up.  Kyle Halbohm struck out Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) with a pair of runners on to grab his eighth save.  Almond had hit two walk off homers earlier in the season for Catawba.

The game featured 11 home runs, seven by the Crusaders, and 22 extra-base hits.  Catawba's Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman/Campbell) collected five hits, hit two home runs, and extended his hitting streak to 19 games.  Yoder had four hits and six RBI for the Crusaders.

Nine straight Catawba batters reached base with one out in the fourth to put  the Indians on top 16-12.  Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) had a two-run double, Jake Kimble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Liberty) a two-run single and  Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman/Appalachian St.) a two-run homer in the frame.

The Crusaders got a break in the fifth to pull even as a two-out throwing error led to four runs.  The Indians led 19-17 after six before the big frame for Belmont Abbey.

Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) produced four hits and drove in three for Catawba.  He added another double and raised his hitting streak to 13 games.  Simpson and Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) each had three hits, while Richardson drove in four.

Collin Rosenbaum joined Yoder with four hits for the Crusaders and scored six runs.  Weston Clarke and Nick Nunziato both had four RBI.  Ryan Craig (2-0) went two innings to grab the win.  He allowed two runs, one earned, off four hits. 

Catawba next travels to Tampa for a weekend series against the sixth-ranked Spartans that begins on Friday at 6 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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