Baseball Rallies For Seven in Ninth For 13-12 Win at Coker


HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Jeremy Simpson hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run ninth inning as Catawba rallied for a 13-12 victory over host Coker in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Friday afternoon at New Field. The eighth-ranked Catawba Indians improve to 24-7 overall and 10-3 in the SAC, while the Cobras dip to 11-15-1 and 5-8.

The Indians had allowed seven runs in the bottom of the eight to fall behind 12-6, but took advantage of a two-out error to mount its unlikely rally. After a leadoff double by Jackson Raper, the next two Indians went down before Cameron Morrison reached on an error by the Coker centerfielder.

Once Morrison reached, the flood gates opened. Henderson Lentz singled and Jacob Nester tripled to make it 12-9. A double by Bryce Butler cut the margin to 12-10. Heath Mitchem reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners and set the stage for Simpson. Simpson took a 2-1 pitch out to left field to give the Indians a 13-12 lead.

Peyton Williams pitched the ninth to get his sixth save. He retired the first two batters on a strikeout and a ground out then after a walk, posted another strikeout to end the game. Greg Brown (3-0) got the Indians out of the eighth and earned the win.

The Cobras benefited from three Catawba errors to go up 5-1 after four innings. Casey Demko had singled and scored in a three-run third then doubled home two in the fourth.

Catawba clawed back on top. Simpson plated a run on a ground out in the fifth, while Lentz and Nester did the same in the sixth. Hunter Shepherd’s sacrifice fly and Morrison’s RBI double put the Indians up 6-5 in the seventh.

Nine of the first 10 batters for the Cobras reached base in the eighth. Matt Swiderski’s pinch-hit, two-run single put Coker up 8-7. Grant Thompson added a two-run single for a 10-7 edge, but Morrison nabbed a runner trying to steal third for a key out. Brown gave up a two-run double to Larry McCabe and another RBI double to KJ Curry before getting the final out.

Simpson had just the one hit, but drove in four. Raper and Butler each collected three hits and scored twice. Lentz and Nester had two RBI. Thompson had three hits and three RBI for Coker. Jake Moore (1-2) took the loss for Coker, giving up the single to Mitchem and homer to Simpson.

The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.

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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) 6th of 16

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 5th of 15

Volleyball @ Francis Marion 2-3

October 16

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-3

October 17

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 3-4

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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