Baseball Rolls to Opening Win at SAC Tournament


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.

Box Score

Today's Events

No events are scheduled today


«March 2020»
March 1

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships (Day 2) M-5th;W-6th

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 3) M-10th;W-11th

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 6-1

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARYVILLE 11-10

March 2

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

March 3

Golf (M) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 9

March 4

Softball vs. WINGATE 2-3

Lacrosse (W) vs. LIMESTONE 5-17

Softball vs. WINGATE 2-7

Basketball (W) @ Newberry (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 56-47

Basketball (M) vs. NEWBERRY (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 89-87

March 6

Lacrosse (W) @ Young Harris 11-16

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-4

March 7

Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-5

Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 13-4

Basketball (W) v. Anderson (SAC Tournament - Semifinal) 71-75

Softball vs. BLOOMSBURG 1-4

Softball vs. BLOOMSBURG 7-9

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 19-4

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 5-4

Basketball (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinal) 95-104

March 8

Softball @ Limestone 3-2

Softball @ Limestone 2-1

March 10

Baseball v. Ohio Dominican (Fleming Field) 17-0

March 11

Baseball v. California,PA (Fleming Field) 14-11

Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 2-5

Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-7

Lacrosse (M) vs. ASSUMPTION 12-9


Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.


Lacrosse (M) Team Photo