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Indians Claim Series Win Over LMU With Pair of Victories

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SALISBURY, NC -- Two strong pitching outings lifted the Catawba College baseball team to a pair of victories over Lincoln Memorial University in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Newman Park. Russ Weiker claimed the first win of the day as the Catawba Indians rolled to a 7-2 victory behind the bat of Malachi Hanes. Connor Johnson threw a complete game in the later game to secure the 8-1 victory. Catawba improves to 15-11 on the year and 7-5 in the South Atlantic Conference while the Railsplitters fall to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the SAC.

Hanes jumpstarted the Indians offense with a two run homer in the bottom of the first. Lincoln Memorial responded with a run in the second and one more in the fourth. Hanes, again, stepped for Catawba with another two-run shot to center to give the tribe a 4-2 lead. With bases loaded in the fifth, Hanes ripped a double down the right field line to bring in two more to bust the game wide open. Chance Bowden added an insurance run in the seventh with a double to left field to bring in Will Albertson.

Weiker tossed eight full innings in the game and struck out five to improve to 6-2 on the year. The junior allowed just two runs on five hits and one walk. Bryan Blanton came on in relief to close out the ninth. Blanton shut down all three batters faced, including a pair of strikeouts.

In the second game of the double header, Lincoln Memorial jumped out to the early lead when Wes Neiderland opened the second inning with a solo home run. A Railsplitter error in the bottom half of the inning brought in the tying run and started a three run inning. In the bottom of the third another Lincoln Memorial error led to a fourth Catawba run to put Catawba up 4-1. Later in the inning a Jeremy Simpson single followed by a Jake Kimble double brought in two more runs.

Later in the fifth inning, a second Kimble double set the stage for a Dylan Richardson triple to extend the lead to 7-1. Catawba would add two more runs in the sixth, both coming with two outs.

Johnson recorded all seven innings of action, allowing just one run on three hits. The win gives Johnson his first of the season as he stands at 1-2 on the year. 

Hanes went 3-for-4 in the first game with two homers and six RBI. Bowden mirrored the 3-for-4 effort in the second game, including a pair of doubles. Albertson recorded four hits on the afternoon and tallied an RBI.

Catawba will travel to Barton on Tuesday for a non-conference single game at 2:00 p.m.

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