Area Sports Briefs: Indians lose two slugfests in Tampa
From staff reports
Sixth-ranked Tampa out-slugged Catawba, 11-7 and 15-10, on Saturday at UF Field and swept a three-game series.
Catawba (24-15) banged out 26 hits in the two games, but could not stop Tampa.
Luke Setzer (East Rowan) homered and drove in three runs, while Jake Kimble rapped out three hits, including a two-run double.
Setzer and Kimble provided a 4-0 lead, but the Indians couldn’t hold it. Sean Grant started and was off to a good start, but he hurt a knee covering first base on an infield hit.
Catawba got the tying run to the plate in the ninth with one out, but Chance Bowden popped up and Malachi Hanes struck out.
Catawba connected on five homers in the nightcap with Zac Almond going deep twice.
Bowden (Salisbury), Dylan Richardson and Hanes also homered.
Bowden extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
Tampa build a 15-4 lead in the sixth.
Austin Stilley had a pinch-hit two-run single for Catawba in the eighth.
Richardson had three hits in the second game. Setzer, Bowden, Hanes and Almond all had two hits.
Bryan Blanton tossed the final two innings for the Indians, striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Catawba is set to host Winston-Salem State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Anthony Allende, Damon Smith, Zach Scudder and Tanner Mathis combined for 26 RBIs as Pfeiffer (17-24, 9-12 CC) crushed Southern Wesleyan 20-9 and 20-3 on Saturday.
Pfeiffer hit six home runs on the day, three by Scudder. Allende had nine RBIs in the double header.
The Falcons return to action on Tuesday at Francis Marion.
The Hickory Crawdads scored five runs in the 10th inning and beat the Intimidators, 6-1, on Saturday in Kannapolis.
The Intimidators made two errors in the 10th.
Intimidators starter Zach Thompson turned in a commanding performance on the mound. The righty set down the first 11 Crawdads he faced and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out eight.
Corey Zangari drove in the Kannpolis run early.
The Intimidators (0-3) wrap up the season-opening series against Hickory today at 5:05 p.m.
Wingate’s Omar Ray (A.L. Brown) ran a season-best time of 50.65 in the 400 meters in the J.C. Smith Invitational on Saturday.
Alexandra Drye (Salisbury) won in singles for Christopher Newport in an 8-1 loss to Mary Washington on Saturday.
Drye earned one of her biggest singles wins of the year when she toppled Mackenzie Smith.
Drye won the first set, 6-2, but Smith answered to force a third set with a 6-2 win in the second. Drye won a tiebreaker to take the third set, 7-6.
Catawba’s men’s and women’s teams claimed 7-2 wins over visiting Mars Hill in SAC action on Saturday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center.