Trojans Fall Twice to CatawbaMarch 2, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – Junior Josh Hickman and sophomore Nathan Galliford combined for six hits on the day, including a triple and a home run, but Anderson dropped both ends of a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader, 12-2 and 12-6 to visiting Catawba Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Anderson fell to 5-15 overall and 1-8 in the league, while Catawba improved to 13-4 and 5-4.
Catawba 12, Anderson 2
Hickman was 2-for-4 in the opener and ripped his first home run of the season over the left-field wall in the fourth inning. Galliford added a single in three at-bats and freshman Chris Ayers notched a single in three trips to the plate.
Sophomore Spencer Earle absorbed the loss, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over five innings, while striking out six and walking four.
Catawba junior John Tuttle (3-2) earned the win by going eight innings and scattering five hits, while striking out 10 and not issuing a walk.
The Indians jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the top of the first inning and added four more in the fourth on a grand slam by junior Chris Dula to take a 7-0 lead.
Hickman’s homer in the fourth got AU on the scoreboard, but Catawba countered with five runs in the eighth inning to build a 12-1 cushion before the Trojans posted a solo run in the ninth when Ryan Mills led off with a walk and scored on Steven Cooper’s two-out infield single.
Catawba 12, Anderson 6
Galliford was 2-for-4 in the nightcap with a first-inning RBI triple and added a single in the fifth inning. Erick Sanderson blasted a two-run homer in the first, while Hickman singled and walked in four trips to the plate. Junior Thomas Goodman doubled and scored in the first.
Sanderson (0-3) took the loss after surrendering eight runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings, while striking out five and walking four.
Ross Whitley earned the win while giving up six runs (three earned), while striking out one and walking six in 4 2/3 innings.
Catawba jumped ahead quickly with three runs in the top of the first inning, but Anderson answered with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Two runners crossed the plate on Sanderson’s home run and another crossed the plate on Galliford’s triple.
The Indians evened the score with solo runs in the second and third innings, with Anderson re-taking a brief 6-5 lead in the fourth when Jonahtan Zalud led off the inning with a walk and scored on Goodman’s sacrifice.
But Catawba scored five in the fifth and two in the sixth to gain the six-run lead.
Anderson wraps up its homestand with a nonconference contest versus Belmont Abbey on Tuesday. First-pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Stadium.