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Rain Costs Baseball Outright Tourney Title, Regional Bid Clinched

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KODAK, Tenn. -- Catawba and Tusculum were declared co-championship of the Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament after heavy rains caused the first of a possible two game to be called in the eighth inning.  Though Tusculum will gain a 6-5 win in the game, because a second game could not be played, the Catawba Indians will earn the league's automatic qualifier into the NCAA II Southeast Regional.

Baseball rules state that the trailing team must get their full three outs in an inning for the inning to count.  So the eight runs that Catawba scored in the top of the eighth to take a 13-6 lead are erased since the Indians only recorded two outs in the bottom of the eighth with lightning caused a second delay and rains made the field unplayable.

Catawba drops to 34-18 and will face USC Aiken on Saturday before preparing for NCAA II regional play which will begin on Thursday, May 19.  Tusculum's season is likely over at 36-16.

As far as what stats do count in the game, Tusculum jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.  A two-out error led to a first inning run, while the Pioneers got a RBI double from Jeovanny Tolentino, who later scored on a wild pitch, and a RBI ground out from J.J. Wesley in the second.

Catawba had just two hits over the first three innings, but Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman/Campbell) singled to start the fourth and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) doubled.  It marked the 30th on the season for the sophomore which ties both a school and conference record.

The Indians cashed in for a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly by Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and a double by Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG).  Catawba inched closer in the fifth on a Bowden sacrifice fly and took the lead in the sixth.

A one-out walk to Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) was followed by a single by Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) to put runners on the corners.  Jake Kimble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Liberty) would single home the tying run and Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman/Appalachian St.) hit a sacrifice fly to give Catawba a 5-4 edge.

The Pioneers had a leadoff single in their sixth and a hit batter put two runners on.  Following a sacrifice, Jim Tolle's grounder to first tied the game.  Tusculum scored what would end up being the winning run in the sixth on a wild pitch with two outs.

That is where the game officially will end, erasing the eight-run eighth by Catawba.  Smith had two hits in the eighth and scored a tying run on a ball by Kimble that got past the TC third baseman.  Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) put the Indians up 7-6 on a grounder just to the right of the first baseman that allowed Kimble to score from second.

The big blow of the inning came off the bat of Albertson who launched the first pitch he saw from Placido Torres deep over the left field wall for a three-run homer and a 10-6 lead.  Smith had a run-scoring hit for an 11-6 lead and two more scored before the inning was over.  Avery Bowles (Thomasville, N.C./E. Davidson) got two fly outs around a single in the eight before the game was stopped and the inning eventually erased.

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

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April 4

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

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

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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

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

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April 8

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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April 9

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

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

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April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

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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

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

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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

Softball @ Coker 1-4

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 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 7 p.m.

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April 24

Lacrosse (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

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April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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April 27

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Softball @ SAC Tournament

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April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Softball @ SAC Tournament

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April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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