Bowden Goes Deep Twice As Baseball Rolls To 20th Win


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba, ranked 24th in the NCAA II Collegiate Baseball Poll, pounded out 19 hits and rolled to a 16-5 win over host Barton at Nixon Field on Tuesday afternoon.  Will Alberton (Sophia, N.C./Randleman HS/Campbell) had four more hits, while Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury HS) hit two homers for the second straight game as the Catawba Indians improved to 20-4.  The Bulldogs fell to 11-13.

Catawba scored in only three innings, but tallied six in the second and five in the third to race to an 11-0 edge.  The Indians posted another five spot in the sixth to lead 16-2.

Craig Brooks (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood HS) drove home the first run on a RBI double.  Two batters later, Bowden connected on a three-run homer for a 4-0 lead.  Albertson got two more home in the frame on a two-out double.  Bowden got the third inning going with a two-run homer and Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, N.C./S. Rowan HS) capped the frame with his own two-run shot.

Russ Weiker (Albemarle, N.C./S.Stanly HS/Liberty) was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, improving to 2-1 with six innings of work.  The sophomore allowed four runs off six hits and fanned one.  Three Indian relievers finished up the game, allowing just one unearned run.

Albertson went 4-for-6 with four RBI on a pair of two-run doubles.  T.J. Wharton (Lutz, Fla./Bishop McLaughlin HS/Guilford Tech) added three hits and Bowden had five RBI on his two long balls.  Brooks and Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman HS/Appalachian St.) both added two hits with Houston and Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan HS) driving in two runs.

Avery Harper had two hits for Barton, including a home run.  Nick McKinney drove in a pair of runs.

The win for the Indians matched their season high of nine straight victories and was also the 18th win over the last 19 games.

Catawba heads to Anderson for this weekend's league series.  The teams are slated to start the three-game set on Friday night at 6 p.m.

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