March 9, 2018
Bowden, Setzer and Mitchem Have Two Multi-Hit Games in DH at Carson-Newman
JEFFERSON CITY, T.N. - - The Catawba Indians returned to South Atlantic Conference baseball action with a doubleheader at host Carson-Newman on Friday. The Indians and Eagles split with Carson-Newman taking game one 6-5 and Catawba winning game two 9-3. Catawba is now 9-14 overall and 5-3 in the SAC, while Carson-Newman is 14-7 and 6-2 in the conference.
Chance Bowden, Luke Setzer
, and Heath Mitchem
each had two hits for the Indians in game one. Bowden went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Setzer and Mitchem both went 2-for-4 with a home run and two and one RBIs, respectively.
led Catawba’s offense in game two going 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Jackson Raper
, Lee Poteat
, Mitchem, Bowden and Setzer all contributed two hits as well for the Indians. DJ Laxton
earned his second win of the season after allowing just one hit in 1.1 innings. Connor Johnson recorded his second save allowing just one hit over 3.2 innings pitched with five strikeouts.
Catawba plated a run in the top of the first inning on a Setzer single to center field and a run in the second on Mitchem’s home run to right center. Carson-Newman answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second to make the score 2-1.
Both teams went scoreless through the third and fourth innings before the Eagles tied the game at two all in the bottom of the fifth. Setzer homered in the top of the sixth and Carson-Newman responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
The Indians were able to put up a two-run inning in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead; however, Carson-Newman scored two in the bottom of the eighth to take over 6-5.
Setzer homered to left center after a Bowden base hit to put the first two runs of the game on the board in game two. Raper hit a single down the right field line with the bases loaded to score two more runs in the second. A home run by Sharpe put a run on the board for the Eagles in the bottom of the second.
Carson-Newman added their last two runs in the bottom of the third, but Catawba answered with another 2-run inning in the fourth. The Indians tallied three runs in the fifth as the final runs scored in the game to take the 9-3 win.
Catawba and Carson-Newman will play game three of the series on Saturday at 1 pm.