April 29, 2017
Baseball Knocks Out Mars Hill at SAC Tournament
KODAK, Tenn. -- Catawba moved into Sunday’s winner’s bracket final with an 11-1 win over fourth-seeded Mars Hill at the 2017 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Smokies Stadium. The top-seeded Catawba Indians, ranked 20th in NCAA II, win for the 10th straight time and improve to 37-12. The Lions are eliminated from the tournament and fall to 29-21. Catawba will face either Lincoln Memorial or Newberry on Sunday at 3:45 pm.
The bulk of the scoring came over the middle innings as Catawba scored three in the fourth, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) doubled with two outs in the fourth and came in to score the first run on a single by Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian). Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darlington) followed with a two-run homer and a 3-0 lead.
Mars Hill got an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, but Catawba came right back in the fifth. Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) brought home a run on an infield single then the Indians stretched the lead to 7-1 on a three-run blast by Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury).
Hunter Shepherd (Salisbury, N.C./Homeschool) was in control on the mound. He surrendered only three hits over six and a third innings and walked one. Shepherd moved to 8-0 on the year as he fanned three.
Cody Fitch (Shelby, N.C./Shelby/UNCG) followed Shepherd with an inning and a third of scoreless relief. He allowed a hit, walked two and struck out one. Michael Elwell (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) closed it out. He allowed a walk over an inning a third and fanned the side in the ninth.
The Indians rapped out a dozen hits on the afternoon. Almond, Bowden, Fowler and Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan). Setzer and Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth/Chowan) padded the lead with RBI doubles.
Mars Hill was limited to four hits, but did draw four walked and were hit twice. The Lions stranded 11 base-runners. Matt Honeycutt scored the lone run on an error after opening the fourth with a double. Caleb Edwards (3-1) took the loss as he allowed seven runs on eight hits over five innings.
Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2
Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1
Swimming @ King Invitational
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3
Swimming @ King Invitational W-2nd,M-4th
Cross Country @ Paul Short Run (Lehigh Univ.) M-32nd,W-37th
Football @ Limestone 24-52
Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0
Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Coker 0-4
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Woodlake CC)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 8th of 16
Golf (M) @ State Farm Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Woodlake CC) 6th of 12
Volleyball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1-3
Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2
Cross Country @ Royals Challenge (McAlpine Park) M-12th;W-26th
Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3
Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 6th of 16
Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4
Volleyball vs. UVA-WISE - Dig Pink Match 3-0
Swimming Women at East Carolina 65-165
Swimming Men vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 79-178
Swimming Women vs. Lenoir-Rhyne 117-140
Swimming Women vs. Campbell 58-203
Swimming Men @ East Carolina 75-182
Football vs. NEWBERRY 21-44
Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 2-0
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 3-6
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 1 (Irish Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)
Golf (M) @ Queens Invitational - Day 2 (Irish Creek CC)
Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) v. Newberry 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.
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.
Soccer (W) @ Limestone 5:30 p.m.
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