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Baseball sweeps doubleheader from #30 Shippensburg

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College swept a baseball doubleheader from 30th-ranked and visiting Shippensburg University on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park. The Indians won by the scores of 8-2 and 8-0 to improve to 5-4 on the season. Shippensburg falls to 1-4. In the opener, the Tribe got eight strong inning from starting pitcher Thomas Giles (Lynchburg, VA). The freshman allowed just one run on four hits over his outing. He walked four and struck out five. Giles had just one tough inning, the fifth. Tom Bilger (Mt. Union, PA) homered with one out, then the Raiders loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks. Giles got out of the jam by retiring Steve Berkey (Lititz, PA) on a fly ball to the warning track in right field. Curt Motsinger (Kernersville, NC) got the Indians on the board with a two-out run scoring single in the first. After Shippensburg tied the score in the fifth, Catawba erupted, scoring four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Israel Morrow (Claremont, NC) singled home two runs in the sixth, while freshman Matt Smith (Browns Summitt, NC) doubled home a pair in the seventh, capping a 3-for-4 performance and driving in three runs. In the nightcap, Zach Snyder (Lexington, NC) tossed six innings of shutout ball to earn the win. He allowed just two hits, while walking five and striking out five. Motsinger hit a two-run homer in the first, while Chad Hill (Bennett, NC) had a two-run shot in the third to stake the Tribe to a 4-0 lead. The Indians put the game out of reach by scoring three times in the sixth. Blair Reynolds (King, NC) went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in the second game. He had three doubles in the doubleheader, upping his season total to eight in nine games. #######

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