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Baseball Rallies Twice to Take Two From Mars Hill

MARS HILL, N.C. -- Catawba rallied for a pair of wins to sweep Sunday’s South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader from host Mars Hill at Henderson Field.  The Catawba Indians claimed a 7-6 eight-inning win in the opener then stunned the Lions with an 11-8 victory in game two.  Catawba, ranked 29th, improves to 27-11 overall and 13-5 in the SAC.  Mars Hill falls to 23-19 and 9-9.

Catawba entered the final inning of game two down 8-5.  Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) and Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darling) doubled to start the frame.  Back-to-back walks forced home a run before a Lion error allowed the tying runs to score. 

Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) followed the error with a single that scored Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) with the go-ahead run.  Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) capped the outburst with a two-run double.

Bryan Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) entered with a man on first in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a single to get the tying run to the plate with none out.  Blanton struck out the next three batters to grab his second save of the day and 10th of the season.

Catawba jumped on Mars Hill in the opener as Almond and Hanes hit back-to-back homers for a 4-0 lead.  Almond hit a three-run shot in front on Hanes’ solo effort.  Mars Hill got single runs in the first two innings then jumped on top 6-4 after Gray McCurry’s three-run homer in the third.

After giving up the home run to the first batter he faced, Connor Johnson (Rockwell, N.C./E. Rowan) settled down and sat down 11 straight to keep the Lions off the board and allow Catawba to rally.  Coble pulled the Indians even on his two-run homer in the fifth.

Johnson’s streak ended with a leadoff walk to Hunter Merrill in the seventh, but the junior retired the next two before picking off Merrill to send the game to extra innings. 
With one out in the eighth, Ben Bomberger (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central/Coastal Carolina) drew a walk and stole second.  He moved to third on a fly out by Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan).  Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) put Catawba on top with his two-out single down the right field line.

Mars Hill wouldn’t go quietly in the bottom half off Blanton.  Matt Honeycutt led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third.  The next two Lion batters walked, but Blanton struck out the final two batters to end the game.

Johnson improved to 6-1 with the win.  He went four and two-thirds innings, allowing the home run with a walk and six strikeouts.  Setzer went 5-for-5 in the opener and added two more hits in the nightcap as he finished 7-for-10.  Almond racked up three RBI in each game. 

Next up for Catawba is a trip to face fourth-ranked Mount Olive on Tuesday at 5 pm.

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1
April 1

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. WINGATE 8-14

Baseball AUGUSTA 7-6

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1-2

Baseball AUGUSTA 11-2

Lacrosse (M) vs. WINGATE 1-13

2
April 2

Baseball AUGUSTA 6-9

3
April 3

Baseball @ Kannapolis Intimidators, ccd. 6:30 p.m.

4
April 4

Golf (W) @ Agnis McAmis Inv. (Link Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble (Tennessee National) 12th of 12

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-7

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-11

Baseball vs. BARTON 20-2

5
April 5

Baseball vs. USC AIKEN, ppd. 2 p.m.

6
April 6

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-3

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 5-4

Lacrosse (W) @ Erskine 15-9

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April 8

Football Spring Blue-White Game

Softball @ Mars Hill 0-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 1-3

Lacrosse (M) @ Brevard 12-10

Softball @ Mars Hill 2-8

9
April 9

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day One) - Link Hills CC 9th

Baseball @ Mars Hill 7-6

Lacrosse (W) @ Brevard 19-6

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-8

10
April 10

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Two) - Link Hills CC 9th

Tennis (W) @ Winston Salem State 9-0

11
April 11

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Three) - Link Hills CC 9th of 11

Tennis (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Baseball @ Mount Olive 2-6

12
April 12

Softball @ Queens 0-7

Softball @ Queens 7-9

Lacrosse (W) @ North Greenville 15-10

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April 14

Lacrosse (M) vs. SHORTER 18-1

Softball vs. ANDERSON 0-8

Softball vs. ANDERSON 9-7

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-6

15
April 15

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-3

Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 18-5

Baseball @ Tusculum 5-3

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April 18

Softball @ Wingate 0-2

Softball @ Wingate 4-5

Baseball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 13-7

19
April 19

Baseball @ North Greenville (Fluor Field) 8-4

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April 21

Baseball vs. BREVARD 14-0

22
April 22

Baseball vs. BREVARD 16-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 13-14

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 3-16

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 8-9

Baseball vs. BREVARD 13-3

Lacrosse (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 12-11

23
April 23

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 1) CC of SALISBURY

24
April 24

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 2) CC of SALISBURY

25
April 25

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 3) - CC of SALISBURY 11th of 12

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6-13

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ccd. 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 10-14

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April 28

Baseball vs. Carson-Newman (SAC Tournament) 11-1

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April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball vs. Mars Hill/Newberry (SAC Tournament) 3:45 p.m.

30
April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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