Bowden's Eighth-Inning Homer Propels Baseball To Sweep Of LMU


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Freshman Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury HS) homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, as 28th-ranked Catawba finished a three-game sweep of Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference baseball action with an 8-7 win on Sunday afternoon at Newman Park.  The Catawba Indians improve to 19-4 overall and 11-3 in the SAC, winning for the 17th time in the last 18 games.  The Railsplitters fall to 12-10 and 9-6.

Catawba had led 6-1 after an inning before LMU rallied to grab a 7-6 lead on a solo home run from Ryan Burlison with one out in the seventh.  Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman HS/Appalachian St.) led off the Catawba eighth with a double to chase Railsplitter starter Wes Todd.  Bowden sent the first pitch he saw from reliever Nick Morabito over the wall in right center to give the Indians the 8-7 edge.

Burlison got LMU out of further damage by stranding the bases loaded with a strikeout and a ground out.  Ryan McClintock (Matthews, N.C./Providence HS) sat down Lincoln Memorial in order in the ninth with two ground outs and a strikeout.

Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman HS/Campbell) picked up hits in his first three at bats of the game to extend his streak of reaching base safely to a school-record 14 straight trips to the plate.  It bettered the record of 13 set by Curt Motsinger in 2002.

Catawba had zoomed to a 6-1 lead after an inning.  The first five Indian batters reached base with Albertson and Craig Brooks (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood HS) singling home runs.  Richardson plated a run on a ground out and Bowden followed with his first career homer, a three-run shot for the 6-1 edge.

LMU chipped away at the deficit.  Eric Kalman led off the second with a home run and Scott Miller did the same to open the third.  After a two out Catawba error later in the third, the Railsplitters scored three more runs to tie the game.  Wes Neiderland's infield hit got home the tying run.

Todd settled down after the rough first inning.  He allowed four more singles and walked two, but had sat down eight straight before giving up the leadoff double to Richardson in the eighth.  Moribito (3-1) would take the loss, facing just two batters.

Bowden joined Albertson with three hits for Catawba.  He had five RBI on his two home run swings.  Brooks had a pair of hits.  McClintock picked up the win in his first decision of the year.  He allowed just a walk with one strikeout over an inning and two-thirds of work.

Catawba steps out of conference on Tuesday, traveling to Barton for a 2 pm first pitch.

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«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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