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Bowden's Walk-Off Leads Baseball to DH Sweep Over Newberry

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SALISBURY, N.C. - - Chance Bowden led the Catawba Indians to a sweep over the visiting Newberry Wolves in their South Atlantic Conference baseball double header on Sunday in Newman Park. Catawba won both games by a score of 8-6, improving their record to 22-18 overall and 16-5 in the SAC. Newberry falls to 20-18 and 11-10 in the conference.

Michael Elwell improved his record to 4-3 with the win for the Indians on the mound. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits while striking out three in game one. Chance Bowden and Heath Mitchem led Catawba at the plate. Bowden had three hits with three RBIs and Mitchem contributed two hits with four RBIs. 

Newberry was the first to score in game one, scoring a run in the top of the second inning. Catawba posted three runs on three hits in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Indians increased their lead with four more runs in the fourth.

The Wolves plated three runs in the top of the sixth to cut into Catawba’s lead. The Indians added one more run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 8-4. Newberry tallied two runs in the seventh but the Indians kept them scoreless the remainder of the game to hold onto their two-run advantage.

Hunter Shepherd earned the win in game two, pitching 5.1 innings. Shepherd allowed no runs on two hits and struck out four. Bowden led the Indians offensively with four hits and two RBIs. Jackson Raper added two hits with three RBIs.

Catawba scored first in game two in the bottom of the opening inning. The Wolves responded with two runs to take their first lead of the day. Raper homered to center field to tie the game in the bottom of the second.

Newberry plated four runs on three hits and an error in the third to take a 6-2 lead. The Indians struck back in the fifth with four runs to tie the game. Kyle Smith led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to center field. Bowden sent his first pitch over the right field wall for a 2-run walk-off homerun to hand Catawba the 8-6 victory in extra innings.

The Indians will host Mount Olive in Newman Park on Tuesday for a mid-week non-conference game at 4 pm.

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