Smith's Walk Off Homer Keeps Baseball Alive at SAC Tournament


KODAK, Tenn. -- Kyle Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run and Catawba prevailed 3-2 over Wingate on Saturday afternoon in an early elimination game between the top two seeds of the Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament at Smokies Stadium. The top-seeded Catawba Indians improve to 28-22 and will face another elimination game on Sunday at 3:45 pm. The Bulldogs fall to 34-17 and will await a possible at large berth into the NCAA Southeast Regional.

Wingate battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh. Tanner Forry followed a leadoff walk and an out with a home run to even things. The Bulldogs had two on with one out in the ninth before Clay Young got out of trouble with a strikeout and flyout.

That set the stage for Smith, who took a ball on the first pitch from Austin Turgeon then pulled the second pitch over the right field wall for the walk off winner. It was Smith’s first hit of the day and only the sixth for Catawba against Turgeon (5-3), who went the distance and walked three and struck out six.

Connor Johnson tossed seven strong innings for Catawba without factoring in the decision. He scattered seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Young (5-3) pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run off two hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.

Catawba loaded the bases in the first with one out and settled for a single run on a ground out by Joe Butts. The Indians filled the bases with no outs in the third and again managed just one run when Butts was hit by a pitch with one out. Turgeon settled down from there and allowed the Indians just two baserunners until Smith’s walk off homer in the ninth.

Forrey had two of the nine Bulldog hits. Wingate stranded 14 runners in the loss. Chance Bowden had two hits for the Indians and Luke Setzer scored twice. Catawba left six on base.

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«October 2019»
October 2

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-2

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 0-1

October 4

Swimming @ King Invitational 

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 2-3

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

October 7

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

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

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

October 9

Soccer (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 4-2

October 11

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

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 1-3

October 12

Football @ Carson-Newman 14-59

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-1

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-0

October 14

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

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

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.

October 16

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

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

October 17

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

October 18

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

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.

October 21

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

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

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.

October 23

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

October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 7 p.m.

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.

October 30

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


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