March 5, 2017
Baseball Takes Series at LR With 1-0 Win on Sunday
HICKORY, N.C. -- Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning and 21st-ranked Catawba won the rubber game of a three-game series with Lenoir-Rhyne 1-0 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Bears Field. The Catawba Indians improve to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the SAC, while the 26th-ranked Bears fall to 14-5 and 3-3.
Catawba’s Hunter Shepherd (Salisbury, N.C./Homeschool) and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Hunter Martin faced off in a pitcher’s duel that saw neither starter factor in the decision. Both pitched six shutout innings and allowed four hits. Shepherd walked none and fanned four, while Martin walked three and struck out six.
Scoring chances were at a minimum over those first six innings. The Bears did have runners at the corners with one out in the fifth, but Shepherd got out of the inning with a strikeout and a grounder to first. The Indians loaded the bases in the sixth after a pair of two-out walks, but a flyout ended the threat.
Catawba finally broke through in the eighth off reliever Landon Whitson (1-2). Simpson led off with a single and moved to second after a one-out wild pitch. Simpson moved to third on a ground out by Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darlington) then came home on a two-out wild pitch.
Cody Fitch (Shelby, N.C./Shelby/UNCG) got the win for Catawba, improving to 2-0. He entered in the seventh and after a leadoff walk and sacrifice, he fanned the final two batters. After two strikeouts in the eighth, Marcus Shumaker doubled. Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) got a strikeout to end the inning then danced around trouble as the Bears threatened in the ninth.
Zach Jacobs led off the LR ninth with a single and went to second on a one-out single by Zack Shoemaker. Fred Wadsworth moved Jacobs to third on a fly out to right, but Blanton closed the game out as he got pinch-hitter Josh Kent to ground out to third to record his fourth save.
Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth/Chowan) had the only multi-hit game for Catawba, collecting two of the six Indian hits. Jacobs and Shoemaker each had two hits for the Bears, who had seven as a team.
Catawba next makes a mid-week swing to Florida to face Florida Tech on Tuesday at 3 pm and Saint Leo on Wednesday at 6 pm before returning home to host Coker in a weekend series that will begin on Friday night.
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) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
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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