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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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November 1

Volleyball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 7 p.m.

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November 3

Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)

Soccer (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

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Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

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Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional

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Football vs. NEWBERRY 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Wingate 2 p.m.

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Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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November 7

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.

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November 10

Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. Mount Olive 2 p.m.

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Volleyball @ Newberry 11 a.m.

Football vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1:30 p.m.

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Volleyball in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Basketball (W) @ Fayetteville St. 6 p.m.

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Volleyball @ SAC Tournament (Semifinal)

Basketball (M) @ Albany State 7 p.m.

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Volleyball @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Basketball (W) @ Bowie St. 1 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. Montevallo 3 p.m.

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November 20

Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 6 p.m.

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Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 7 p.m.

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November 24

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 4 p.m.

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Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.

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