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Baseball Stays in Tie For First After Sweep of Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Catawba rode momentum from Friday's dramatic win in the series opener to a doubleheader sweep of host Tusculum on Saturday in South Atlantic Conference baseball action at Pioneer Park.  The 27th-ranked Catawba Indians won 7-3 and 5-3 to improve to 30-12 overall and 16-5 in the SAC.  The Pioneers fall to 24-15 and 13-8.

The Indians got strong starts from freshman Hunter Shepherd (Salisbury, N.C./Homeschool) and Bryan Ketchie (Woodleaf, N.C./W. Rowan) to complete the three-game sweep.  Shepherd moved to 6-0, allowing three runs (one earned) over six innings with a pair of strikeouts.  Ketchie upped his record to 6-1, giving up a pair of runs with three strikeouts in five innings.

After scoring an unearned run in the third inning of the opener to go on top, Ben Bomberger (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central/Coastal Carolina) doubled home two in the fourth to stretch the lead to 3-0.  Singles by Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darlington) and Bomberger drove in fifth-inning runs for a 5-0 lead.

Tusculum cut into the lead in its fifth, plating three runs.  Bradley Evans doubled home two runs and Nick Lacina got a run in on a ground out.  Catawba came right back as Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) double to start the sixth and scored on a Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) single.  Setzer then doubled home a run in the seventh.

Catawba out-hit Tusculum 14-8 with Setzer going 3-for-6.  Bomberger had two hits and three RBI.  Coble picked up a pair of hits and closed the game out by retiring five straight batters.

Tusculum got a run in the first inning of game two, but Ketchie stranded a pair and Catawba quickly took the lead in the second.  Cameron Morrison (Robbins, N.C./N. Moore) delivered a two-out, two-run single to put the Indians on top.  Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had a sacrifice fly in the third and doubled home a run in the fifth as Catawba moved out to a 4-1 lead.

Ketchie exited after giving up a leadoff single in the sixth and the Pioneers went on to load the bases with one out.  Daulton Martin walked to force in a run before Bryan Blanton (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro) came on to get a ground out and a strikeout to limit the damage and keep the Indians up 4-3.

Bowden came through again in the seventh, driving in a run with a two-out single for an insurance run.  Tusculum singled to start the seventh, but Blanton got two ground balls and a pop up to close out the game for his 12th save.

Bowden went 3-for-3 with three RBI in game two.  Morrison and Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) had two hits.  Evans had two hits for Tusculum. 

Catawba hosts Winston-Salem State at Newman Park on Tuesday at 6 pm.

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April 1

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. WINGATE 8-14

Baseball AUGUSTA 7-6

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1-2

Baseball AUGUSTA 11-2

Lacrosse (M) vs. WINGATE 1-13

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April 2

Baseball AUGUSTA 6-9

3
April 3

Baseball @ Kannapolis Intimidators, ccd. 6:30 p.m.

4
April 4

Golf (W) @ Agnis McAmis Inv. (Link Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble (Tennessee National) 12th of 12

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-7

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-11

Baseball vs. BARTON 20-2

5
April 5

Baseball vs. USC AIKEN, ppd. 2 p.m.

6
April 6

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-3

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 5-4

Lacrosse (W) @ Erskine 15-9

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April 8

Football Spring Blue-White Game

Softball @ Mars Hill 0-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 1-3

Lacrosse (M) @ Brevard 12-10

Softball @ Mars Hill 2-8

9
April 9

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day One) - Link Hills CC 9th

Baseball @ Mars Hill 7-6

Lacrosse (W) @ Brevard 19-6

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-8

10
April 10

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Two) - Link Hills CC 9th

Tennis (W) @ Winston Salem State 9-0

11
April 11

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Three) - Link Hills CC 9th of 11

Tennis (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Baseball @ Mount Olive 2-6

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April 12

Softball @ Queens 0-7

Softball @ Queens 7-9

Lacrosse (W) @ North Greenville 15-10

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April 14

Lacrosse (M) vs. SHORTER 18-1

Softball vs. ANDERSON 0-8

Softball vs. ANDERSON 9-7

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-6

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April 15

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-3

Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 18-5

Baseball @ Tusculum 5-3

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April 18

Softball @ Wingate 0-2

Softball @ Wingate 4-5

Baseball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 13-7

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April 19

Baseball @ North Greenville (Fluor Field) 8-4

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April 21

Baseball vs. BREVARD 14-0

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April 22

Baseball vs. BREVARD 16-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 13-14

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 3-16

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 8-9

Baseball vs. BREVARD 13-3

Lacrosse (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 12-11

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April 23

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 1) CC of SALISBURY

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April 24

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 2) CC of SALISBURY

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April 25

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 3) - CC of SALISBURY 11th of 12

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6-13

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ccd. 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 10-14

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April 28

Baseball vs. Carson-Newman (SAC Tournament) 11-1

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April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball vs. Mars Hill/Newberry (SAC Tournament) 3:45 p.m.

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April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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