April 11, 2017
Baseball Falls to #2 Mount Olive
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Mount Olive topped Catawba 6-2 in a battle of regional baseball powers on Tuesday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Trojans, ranked second in NCAA II, improve to 34-7. The 27th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 27-12.
A Catawba error led to three Mount Olive runs in the first to stake the Trojans to an early lead. Jose Lopez singled home the first run then Tony Salvaggio singled home two more with two outs. Salvaggio added a two-out single in the third to push the lead to 4-2.
The Indians left six runners on over the first five innings, but put together a rally in the sixth. A hit by pitch, a walk and an error loaded the bases with no outs. Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) hit a sacrifice fly to get Catawba on the board.
A single by Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth/Chowan) would load the bases again, but Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darlington) was forced at home on a ground ball for the second out. The Indians got one more run on a walk to Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan), but Jesse Schullstrom got Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) to ground out to end the inning.
Mount Olive got those two runs back in the seventh. Drew Ellis doubled home a run and Lopez added a RBI single. Salvaggio, Ellis and Lopez combined for seven of the eight Trojan hits. Salvaggio had three, while Ellis and Lopez both had two.
Catawba managed seven hits in the loss. Fowler and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had two each. Michael Elwell (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) took the loss for the Indians and fell to 0-2. Three of the four runs he allowed were unearned as he gave up four hits, walked three and fanned three.
Trey Pate (4-0) earned the win for Mount Olive. He went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off five hits. Pate walked three and struck out one.
Catawba travels to Tusculum this weekend for a series between conference co-leaders. The series opens at 6 pm on Friday night.
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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
Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3
Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3
Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd
Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1)
Football @ VMI 27-20
Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2)
Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4
Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1
Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9
Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16
Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3
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
Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)
Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10
Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3
Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2
Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0
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
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