Baseball Wallops West Virginia State, Sweeps Doubleheader

SALISBURY, N.C. – Big innings by Catawba’s offense broke open both games of Friday’s doubleheader against West Virginia State.

The Indians improved to 6-1 with identical 10-3 victories at Newman Park and the Yellow Jackets opened the season 0-2.

Both contests were similar with Catawba pounding out 10 runs on 12 hits. The Indians posted a seven-run inning in the bottom of the fifth of game one, busting a 3-2 game open. Leading 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth in the night cap, they pulled away with six runs in the frame.

Game One Recap:
West Virginia State tallied solo runs in the second, third and fifth innings, grabbing the early lead at 1-0.

The short-lived lead when Catawba’s Cameron Morrison doubled home Hunter Shepherd and Joe Butts. After adding another run in the visitor’s third, knotting the score at 2-2, Heath Mitchem crossed the plate in the bottom of the frame and reestablishing the Indians’ advantage. He opened the frame with a double and moved to third on a balk by the Yellow Jackets’ starting pitcher, Hunter Bradley. A wild pitch allowed him to scamper home.

Catawba sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, plating seven on five hits, putting the contest out of reach.

Henderson Lentz and Mitchem each went 3-for-5 at the dish, while Butts added two hits and four others notched one each. Bryan Ketchie earned his second win of the season, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in five innings of work, fanning five.

Matt Harrison, Brandon Quinn and Antonio Brown tallied the three hits for the Yellow Jackets.

Game Two Recap:
In a near repeat of the opener, 11 Indians strolled to the plate in the sixth, with six scoring on four hits and a miscue. When the dust settled, Catawba opened its 4-3 advantage to 10-3, with three outs remaining on the defensive side.

Timely hits was the key, as the home team went 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position, while the visitors were 1-for-3.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, the Indians tallied two runs with three-consecutive hits, grabbing the 2-0 advantage.

Catawba starting pitcher, Sawyer Strickland, retired six of the first eight men he faced, with one reaching via walk and the other on a dropped pop-up but he ran into trouble in the third. He picked up his second win of the season, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out six in five innings.

Christopher Jordan blasted Strickland’s 2-1 offering over the centerfield wall, plating Jared Hunt and Brown in the visitor’s third.

Once again, Catawba erased the 3-2 deficit, with a two-out rally in its half of the frame. An error, two singles and a double accounted for two runs, as the Indians regained the advantage.

The Yellow Jackets threatened with a walk and a single but Robbie Cowie fanned Mathew Kline, ending the sixth-inning treat. Needing three outs in the top of the seventh for the sweep, the offense went to work, adding six runs, including three with two outs.

Jackson Raper went 2-for-4 for the Indians, scoring twice and driving in two. Shepherd was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two runs-batted in. while Zach Queen registered two hits and three RBIs.

Jordan was 1-for-3, driving in all three of West Virginia State’s runs, while four others tallied a single each.

Catawba continues its 12-game home stand with a non-conference doubleheader against Mars Hill Sunday. First pitch of game one is 1 p.m.

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«February 2020»
February 1

Basketball (W) @ UVA-Wise 54-65

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 6-5

Basketball (M) @ UVA-Wise 67-66

Baseball vs. Columbus St. (Steinbrenner Field) 2-6

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 11-1

February 2

Baseball vs. Saint Leo (Steinbrenner Field) 12-3

Softball vs. COLUMBUS ST. 3-2

Softball vs. COLUMBUS ST. 3-1

February 4

Tennis (M) @ Lees-McRae 1-6

February 5

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 59-48

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 95-91

February 7

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Limestone 5-2

Tennis (M) @ Limestone 2-5

February 8

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-18

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL 85-49

Baseball vs. WV STATE 10-0

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 113-97

February 9

Baseball vs. WV STATE 15-9

Baseball vs. WV STATE 10-1

February 10

Track/Field @ Queens Multis (Day 1) 

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns CC) 

February 11

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns CC) 11th of 20

Track/Field @ Queens Multis (Day 2)

February 12

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 78-61

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 90-76

February 14

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2-20

February 15

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 9-6

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 5-10

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 86-96

Softball vs. LEES-McRAE 1-2

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 7-2

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 74-61

Softball vs. LEES-McRAE 5-6

February 16

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 3-1

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 12-1

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 7-2

February 17

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-0

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 6-1

February 18

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 3rd of 11

February 19

Softball vs. FRANCIS MARION, ppd. 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ERSKINE 19-8

Softball vs. FRANCIS MARION, ppd. 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Mount Olive 8-5

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 62-51

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 84-94

February 21

Beach Volleyball @ Coastal Carolina 0-5

Beach Volleyball @ Coastal Carolina 0-5

February 22

Track/Field @ USC Indoor Open

Baseball @ Tusculum 3-2

Tennis (W) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts) 2-5

Tennis (M) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts) 1-6

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 74-54

Softball @ Young Harris 1-2

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 88-105

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-4

Softball v. Columbus St. 3-8

February 23

Softball @ Young Harris 1-9

Tennis (W) vs. NORTH GEORGIA 0-7

Tennis (M) vs. NORTH GEORGIA 1-6

Softball v. Shorter 11-12

Baseball @ Tusculum 10-4

February 24

Golf (W) @ Battle of Hilton Head (Palmetto Dunes - Jones Course) - Day 1

February 25

Golf (W) @ Battle of Hilton Head (Palmetto Dunes - Jones Course) - Day 2 3rd of 17

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 7-0

Baseball vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 11-7

February 26

Lacrosse (M) vs. YOUNG HARRIS 4 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 5:30 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 7:30 p.m.

February 27

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 1 p.m.

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Barton 4:30 p.m.

February 28

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. FRANCIS MARION 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Queens 2 p.m.

February 29

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships (Day 1)

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 2)

Baseball @ Queens 11 a.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Queens 2 p.m.

Softball @ Newberry 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4 p.m.

Softball @ Newberry 4 p.m.

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