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Lancers Baseball Starts Spring Season with a Sweep of Catawba Valley Community College

The USC Lancaster Baseball Team began the spring 2016 season with a sweep of the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks on February sixth and seventh. The Lancers won the fist game on Saturday by a score of seven to six. Freshman hurler Evan "Buckshot" Flynn got his first collegiate win as he pitched three innings of relief. Freshman Walt Ballentine led off the bottom half of the first inning with his first collegiate homerun and freshman Evan Edwards blasted his first collegiate homerun to deep right field. Ryan Mason also chipped in two hits and drove in a run. The second game on Saturday was a win for the Lancers as they won eight to two. Sophomore Daniel Willcutt earned the win as he went five innings while fanning seven and giving up no runs. Evan Edwards supplied four runs batted in and also crushed his second homerun of the day. Ballentine, Ryan Rickey, and Mason drove in a run a piece. Ryan Knowles also added two hits. Sunday's games also produced two wins despite the cold weather. Sophomore David Pattinson got the win for the Lancers in the first game as the guys won 12 to 11. The Lancers were led at the plate by Christian Cain and Mason as they drove in two runs a piece while adding to hits a piece. Sophomore Jonathon Sabo added his first home run of the season and a run batted in while Rickey, Ballentine, and Samuel Blalock added runs batted in. Thomas DuRant started on the mound in the final game of the day and posted the win as he went three innings while fanning two Red Hawks. Will Reid, Tyler Baker, and Pattinson finished in relief with Pattison getting the save. Sabo and Mason supplied five runs batted in and Rickey drove in a run leading the Lancers winning six to four. The Lancers play at home again on February 12th and 13th with the pitch times each day slated for 1:00. Come out and support the Lancers.
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