Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader to Win Series Against Tusculum

SALISBURY, N.C. - - Catawba swept visiting Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference baseball double header on Saturday in Newman Park. The 19-10 and 13-12 victories won the series for the Catawba Indians and improved their record to 13-16 overall and 8-4 in the SAC, while dropping the Pioneers to 12-13 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

Chance Bowden and Lee Poteat led the Indians’ offense with three hits and four RBIs each. Two of Bowden’s three hits were home runs. Heath Mitchem recorded four hits and a RBI. Kyle Smith, Luke Setzer, and Cameron Morrison all tallied two hits in game one. Clay Young earned the win pitching five complete innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out six.

Jacob Nester was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, runs scored, and walks in game two. Joe Butts and Bowden also added two hits and a RBI for the Indians. Connor Johnson recorded his first win of the season after allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out five over 2.2 innings pitched. DJ Laxton earned his second save of the season pitching 3.1 innings and allowing only one earned run on four hits and striking out five.

Smith and Bowden led off the game with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first. Mitchem, Jackson Raper, Nester, Butts, Morrison, and Poteat all recorded hits in the first inning to put seven runs on the board. 

Tusculum put up a five inning run in the top of the third and the Indians answered with four runs in the bottom. The Pioneers added three runs in the fourth to make the score 11-8. Tusculum plated a run in the fifth and eighth to finish the game with 10 runs. The Indians tallied four runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the 19-10 win to even the series.

The Indians jumped on the board first again in game two in the bottom of the first, scoring six runs on four hits which included a three-run double by Mike Manoogian. Tusculum responded and plated four runs in the top of the second.

Bowden led off a seven run second inning with a home run to left field. Catawba was unable to score again, while Tusculum put up runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. A line out and a fly out ended the top of the seventh and stranded the Pioneers tying run at third for Catawba to win game two and the series.

The Indians will travel to Mars Hill for a South Atlantic Conference series beginning Friday afternoon 3 pm.

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