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Baseball Rallies Twice to Take Two From Mars Hill

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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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October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

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October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

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October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

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October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

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October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

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October 8

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of SALISBURY)

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October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

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October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

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October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

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October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

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October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

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October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

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October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

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October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

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October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

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October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

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October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

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October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC) 

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October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

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October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

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October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

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October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

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October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.

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