April 25, 2009123456789RHE
Win: Trevor Mullins (5-3) 9.030019
Loss: Ernest Castellano (4-4) 3.075524
Thomas Berryhill (NEW) 301000
Casio Grider (NEW) 301000
Derek Bley (NEW) 301000
Chris Ahearn (CATBB) 524000

No. 5 Newberry eliminated from Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament by No. 2 Catawba, 12-0
Saturday, April 25, 2009

WINGATE, N.C. - Second-seeded Catawba College advanced to the championship series of the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament with a three-hit, 12-0 shutout of fifth-seeded Newberry College.

Newberry (19-23) ends its best SAC Tournament run in 10 years after surviving two elimination games to finish third in the tournament. Ernest Castellano (Homestead, Fla.; 4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing five earned runs on seven hits in three innings.

Newberry won two SAC Tournament games for the first time since winning the tournament in 1999. The scarlet and gray end the tournament in third place after being picked sixth in the preseason SAC poll. Newberry will close the season with a four-game non-conference series at home against Nove Southeastern.

Catawba (33-16) will play top-seeded Tusculum in the championship series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Trevor Mullins (Jamestown, N.C.; 5-3 record) was phenomenal on the mound, pitching a three-hit complete game shutout, striking out nine and issuing only one walk.

Catawba earned 18 hits in the game, with Chris Ahearn (Charlotte, N.C.) going 4-for-5 with two runs in the game. Josh Hohn (Greensboro, N.C.) was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, while Craige Lyerly (Salisbury, N.C.) was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Lyerly finished the game a double short of the cycle.

The Catawba Indians started the scoring with three runs in the first. Brett Hatley (Salisbury, N.C.) scored on a wild pitch and Kevin McMillan (Salisbury, N.C.) blasted a two-run homerun to left center with two outs.

Catawba added two runs in the third on a pair of RBI infield singles from Hohn and Cameron White (Columbia, S.C.). The Indians added solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings on a Ryan Query (Kannapolis, N.C.) homerun, a Lyerly triple and a Hohn single.

The Indians added pairs of runs in the seventh and eighth. Lyerly smacked a two-run homer to center in the eighth and Hohn homered over the scoreboard in left field in the eighth.

Mullins was lights-out, allowing only five baserunners en route to the victory.

Catawba 12, Newberry 0
(Apr 25, 2009 at Wingate, N.C.)
Newberry............ 000 000 000 - 0 3 1 (19-23)
Catawba............. 302 111 22X - 12 18 2 (33-16)
Pitchers: Newberry - Ernest Castellano; Chauncey Mattei(4); Dale Bennett(6); Wade Ruff(8) and Jim Pollack; C.J. Tyrkala. Catawba - Trevor Mullins and Kevin McMillan.
Win-Trevor Mullins(5-3) Loss-Ernest Castellano(4-4) T-2:14 A-211
HR CATBB - Craige Lyerly (13); Ryan Query (18); Kevin McMillan (8); Josh Hohn (12).