Guilford County kids help Catawba catch a keeper:Indians secure Round One NCAA win over Francis Marion

Posted by Andy Durham on May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am under College, High School | Comments are off for this article

MOUNT OLIVE, NC — Brett Underwood (Greensboro, NC/SW Guilford HS) tied the game with a two-out single in the ninth and Josh Hohn (Greensboro, NC/S. Guilford HS/North Greenville) singled home the winning run in the tenth as fifth-seeded Catawba rallied for a 2-1 win over Francis Marion at the NCAA II Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Catawba Indians, ranked 19th in NCAA II, improves to 41-13 overall and next faces UNC Pembroke on Friday night. The Patriots, ranked ninth and seeded second, fall to 37-15, and will face an elimination game on Friday morning.

Francis Marion starter Don Sandifer kept the Indians off balance for much of the game, but after being held scoreless for eight innings Catawba got off the mat and Underwood produced the big hit to force extra innings. Austin Moyer (Greensboro, NC/SE Guilford HS/USC Upstate) singled with one out in the ninth and pinch-runner Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) moved to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Underwood laced the first pitch he saw to left field to drive in the tying run.

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