Baseball At Anderson For Weekend League Series Starting Friday


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba will take a season best nine game winning streak into this weekend’s South Atlantic Conference baseball series at Anderson.  The Catawba Indians have swept the last two league series and have a one game lead in the SAC standings.

Catawba is 20-4 on the season and have won 18 of its past 19 games.  It marks the fastest the Indians have reached 20 wins since starting 20-1 in 1992.  Four times since then, including in both 2011 and 2012, Catawba has been 20-5. 

Catawba’s offense has been scoring nearly 10 runs a game on the season and no player has been hotter than junior Will Albertson, who was named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week.  Over the past seven games, Albertson has collected 24 hits and sports a .484 average.  He has had three or more hits in six of the past seven outings with three four-hit games and one five-hit outburst.

Freshman Chance Bowden has moved his average over .300 as of late.  He had not homered over his first 21 games, but has back-to-back two homer games entering the weekend.  T.J. Wharton is batting .443 and Blake Houston .417 with eight stolen bases.

Catawba’s pitching staff leads the SAC in most categories, entering Friday with a 2.82 ERA and an opponent’s batting average of just .225.  Craig Brooks is allowing just over four hits per nine innings and has a 1.59 ERA.  He is 4-1 with 64 strikeouts in 45 and a third innings.  Shaefer Shepard leads the league in wins with a 5-1 mark and has a 2.79 ERA.  He has fanned 43 in 42 innings.

The Indians have met Anderson 25 previous times on the diamond and the Indians hold a 20-5 edge in the series with an 8-5 edge in Anderson.  Catawba has won 10 straight against the Trojans which dates back to 2011 when Anderson took two of three from the Indians in Anderson.  That year, Catawba entered the series with a 20-5 record.  

Anderson won two of three from Wingate last week and moved into a tie for third in the SAC.  The Trojans have won seven of their past nine games.

LJ Newman paces the Trojans offense, hitting .447 with 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs.  Steven Cooper sports a .333 average and has driven in 21 runs along with Brett Cash.  Newman and Cooper are the only regulars hitting over .330, but the Trojans hit .312 as a team.

Five different Anderson pitchers have picked up two wins on the season.  Cody Sheffield has made five starts and has compiled a 2-2 record with a 1.99 ERA.  He has allowed 19 runs, but only five have been earned.  Sheffield has given up 29 hits and walked 14 over 22 and two-third innings.  David Thompson is 2-2 over six starts with a 4.68 ERA and Spencer Earle is 1-2 in his six starts.

The teams are set to open the three-game series on Friday night at 6 p.m.  Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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