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Baseball Rolls to Opening Win at SAC Tournament

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KODAK, Tenn. -- Catawba (36-12) opened play that 2017 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament with an 11-2 win over seventh-seeded Carson-Newman on Friday afternoon at Smokies Stadium.  The top-seeded and 20th-ranked Catawba Indians will next face the loser of tonight’s game between Newberry and Mars Hill on Saturday at 3:45 pm.  The Eagles (26-23) will face either Tusculum or Lincoln Memorial in an elimination game on Saturday at noon. 

The Indians amassed 17 hits and used a seven-run seventh to stretch a 4-1 edge to 11-1.  The first nine Catawba batters of the seventh reached and the scoring started on a two-run homer by SAC Player of the Year Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan). 

Catawba jumped out to a 2-0 lead after an inning, stringing together four straight hits after there were two outs and none on.  Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) and Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) singled to set the table, while Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) and Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) singled home the runs.

Almond finished with four hits, while Bowden and Fowler collected three hits.  Bowden drove in three runs and Fowler two.  Setzer and Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) also knocked in a pair of runs.

While the offense was clicking, starter Russ Weiker (Albemarle, N.C./S. Stanly/Liberty) limited the Eagles to one hit over the first five innings.  That hit was a leadoff double by Cade Snapp in the second, but Weiker came back with three straight out, fanning the final two, to escape. 

Two singles to open the sixth led to a sacrifice fly by Paul Kirby to make it 4-1 before Catawba erupted for its big inning to put the game away.  Weiker allowed a run on three this over his six frames to move to 4-3.  He walked one and struck out two.

Carson-Newman made some noise in the eighth, loading the bases with one out.  Clay Young (Greensboro, N.C./Caldwell Academy) came on to get a pop up and line out to keep the lead at 10 runs.  He tossed a scoreless eighth before giving way to Ryan Kahny (High Point, N.C./Central) for the ninth.

Ryan Eberle (4-7) was touched for the loss for C-N.  He surrendered eight runs on 14 hits over five-plus innings.  Snapp and Ryan Addington both had two hits, accounting for four of the six on the day for the Eagles.

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Today's Events

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC), Stats
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC),
Volleyball @ Francis Marion, 7:00

Calendar

«October 2019»
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October 2

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1

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October 4

Swimming @ King Invitational 

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3

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October 5

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

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October 7

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

Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)

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October 8

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

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October 9

Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2

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October 11

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3

12
October 12

Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

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October 14

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

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

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October 15

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 

Volleyball @ Francis Marion 7 p.m.

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October 16

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7:30 p.m.

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October 17

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

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October 18

Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 7 p.m.

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October 19

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.

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October 21

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)

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October 22

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

Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)

Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

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October 23

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

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October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.

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October 26

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.

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October 30

Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.

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