April 22, 2011123456789RHE
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Win: Austin Moyer (6-2) 9.010038
Loss: Matt Mege (2-4) 8.062033
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Ryan Bostian (CATBB) 502000
Chris Dula (CATBB) 502000
Blake Houston (CATBB) 412100
Jovan Rohena (NEW) 301000


Sixth-seeded Wolves eliminated from SAC Tournament with late night loss to top-seeded Catawba
Saturday, April 23, 2011

FOREST CITY, N.C. - The sixth-seeded Newberry Wolves carried a shutout into the ninth inning, but three untimely errors in the ninth inning helped give the top-seeded Catawba Indians a 5-0 win to eliminate Newberry from the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Newberry (24-27) fell just short of reaching the championship series after a spectacular tournament run. The Wolves started the tournament with wins over Catawba and Tusculum, the only two teams to sweep Newberry in the regular season. After a thrilling extra inning loss to Wingate, the Wolves took nationally-ranked Catawba down to the wire before errant infield throws put an unfortunate ending on a solid performance through the previous eight innings.

Senior Matt Mege (Levittown, N.Y.; 2-4) made his first career start in his 30th career appearance, and did not disappoint. Mege allowed six hits in 8-plus innings of work, keeping Catawba from crossing the plate. The Indians stranded seven runners on base in the first eight innings, with only two of those runners reaching third base.

Unfortunately, Mege's strong work was overshadowed by Catawba starter Austin Moyer (6-2), who pitched a complete game one-hitter. Newberry's only hit of the game came in the fourth inning on a two-out double by Jovan Rohena (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico), but the inning ended on the same play, as Sanchez Gartman (Newberry, S.C.) was thrown out after rounding third.

With the pitcher's duel going into the ninth inning, it looked as if the game would carry over long into Saturday morning before the errors piled up. Catawba's John Neese led off the top of the ninth with a single and Brett Underwood was safe on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. After a pitching change, a hit batsman loaded the bases and an RBI single by Blake Houston finally opened the scoring. With the bases still loaded, two errant throws to try and get the force out at home plate allowed four more runs to score.

The Wolves went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, bringing an end to one of the best tournament runs in program history. In the tournament, the Wolves turned eight double plays in the field with a team ERA of 3.03.

Newberry wraps up its season Tuesday, as the Wolves travel to Augusta State for a makeup of a game rained out earlier in the season. First pitch at ASU's Jaguar Field is set for 3 p.m.

Catawba 5, Newberry 0
(Apr 22, 2011 at Forest City, N.C.)
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Catawba............. 000 000 005 - 5 7 0 (39-9)
Newberry............ 000 000 000 - 0 1 4 (24-27)
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Pitchers: Catawba - Austin Moyer and Greg Lawson. Newberry - Matt Mege; Chauncey Mattei(9); Hunter Cox(9) and Patrick Regalado.
Win-Austin Moyer(6-2) Loss-Matt Mege(2-4) T-2:27 A-177
Weather: Light fog, 50, wind light
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