Thursday's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional baseball game between Tusculum College and Catawba College was suspended due to rain in the middle of the seventh inning, with Catawba holding a 3-2 lead.
The game will be completed Friday at 9:00 a.m., followed by the final opening-round game between sixth-seeded Lander and the host Trojans. Friday's scheduled games will proceed in order following the conclusion of the Lander-Mount Olive game, with each game starting exactly one hour after the completion of the previous game.
The teams had just finished the top of the seventh inning when heavy rain began falling at Scarborough Field. After a delay of nearly two hours, the game was suspended until Friday. Tusculum's Cade Stallings is scheduled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning when play resumes.
Fifth-seeded Catawba took advantage of an error on the opening batter of the game to take a 2-0 lead in the first against Tusculum starter Craig Goodman. Garrett Furr drove in the first run with an RBI double and Julio Zubillaga grounded out to third to bring hone Ethan Satterfield and give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
The Indians moved ahead 3-0 in the third when Ryan Bostian singled with one out, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Furr.
The second-seeded Pioneers left two runners on base in the second against Indians starter Nick Lomascolo, but came through in the third on three consecutive hits by Aaron Guinn, Stallings and Alexi Colon, the latter driving home Guinn to cut the Catawba lead to 3-1.
Tusculum had the bases loaded with one out, but Lomascolo worked out of trouble by getting a popup and a strikeout to retire the side.
The Pioneers pulled within 3-2 in the sixth as Carlos Santana singled and took second on a throwing error, moved to third on an infield single by Nate Reid and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tripper Crisson.
Crisson's sacrifice fly was the final pitch thrown by Lomascolo, who tossed 104 pitches in 5 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four walks while striking out three.
Goodman pitched seven innings for the Pioneers, giving up one earned run on nine hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Reid is leading the way at the plate for the Pioneers, going 2-for-2 with a walk, while Furr is 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in for the Indians.
In Thursday's opening game, fourth-seeded Francis Marion defeated third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic 11-2. Francis Marion will play the winner of the Tusculum/Catawba game in Friday's final game, while Armstrong will face the Mount Olive/Lander winner.