Catawba Rallies Past USC Aiken To Keep Hopes Alive

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- The No.4 Seeded Catawba rallies past No. 3 Seeded USC Aiken 7-4 in an elimination game to advance in the loser's bracket of the NCAA Southeast Regionals.


GAME INFORMATION
Score: Catawba 7, USC Aiken 4 (eliminated)
Records: Catawba (38-16), USC Aiken (40-15)
Location: Scarborough Field, Mount Olive, N.C.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Play-by-Play


GAME RUNDOWN

  • USC Aiken started off the contest hot scoring two runs off a hit and an error in the top of the first inning.  Jonathan Banks doubled down the left field line to plate the first two runs of the contest and giving the Pacers a 2-0 lead.
  • Catawba would tie and take the lead in the bottom of the second inning with a four run inning.  Kyle Smith started the inning with a single before Chance Bowden knotted the score at 2-all with a home run to left field.  Two walks followed the home run and a passed ball gave the Indians a 3-2 advantage.  Luke Setzer singled to plate a run for the 4-2 lead.
  • The Indians tacked on a run in the bottom of the third to extend their lead, 5-2.  Chance Bowden doubled down the left field line to score Zach Almond who walked to start the inning.
  • The Pacers rallied in the top of the fifth to cut into the deficit 5-4.  Luke Westerberg sparked the rally with a lead-off solo blast to left center.  A walk, single and wild pitch put USCA in scoring position with no outs.  Jonathan Banks hit a sacrifice fly to left to score a run and cut the deficit to just one.
  • Catawba added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and eighth to take the contest 7-4.

KEY STATS

  • Connor Johnson (8-2) picked up the win in relief tossing 2.1 shutout innings allowing one hit and one walk.
  • Bryan Blanton picked up his 13th save of the season tossing 1.2 innings and struck out three.
  • Christian Aragon (4-3) took the loss allowing four runs off four hits and two walks in only two innings of work.
  • Chance Bowden with 3-4 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI for Catawba.

UP NEXT

Catawba keeps their tournament hopes alive with the win in the loser's bracket.  Catawba will take on Lincoln Memorial at noon Sunday in an elimination game.

USC Aiken ended their tournament with a 1-2 record.