Catawba Cruises to DH Sweep of Mars Hill

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Behind strong pitching and a dominating offensive performance, Catawba swept Mars Hill in Sunday's doubleheader.

Nine days into the 2019 baseball season, the Indians improved to 8-1, after throttling the Lions 15-0 and 11-1 at Newman Park. Mars Hill dropped to 3-4 on the campaign.

Hunter Shepherd led the hit parade for the hosts, going 5-for-6 at the dish, scoring six times and driving in another six. The only time he was retired was when Devin Mangum made a leaping catch, crashing into the leftfield brick wall. Dispite nearly injuring himself, Mangum held on for the putout.

In the two-game non-conference series, Catawba pounded out 27 hits, while the pitching staff allowed one run and seven hits in 16 innings of work.

Game One Recap (15-0):
After a scoreless opening frame, Catawba’s offense erupted with three multi-run innings in the team’s next four opportunities. They recorded four in the second and one in the third for a 5-0 lead. The onslaught continued with a six-run fourth and four more in the fifth, opening up a 15-0 cushion.

In the second, the first four batters reached as nine Catawba batters strolled to the plate in the frame.

Shepherd doubled and came around to score on Joe Butts single for the Indians lone run of the third.

The flood gates opened in the fourth when Catawba sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring six on five hits. Shepherd figured in the offensive production, blasting a tower fly ball over the 18-foot wall for a crushing grand slam.

For the third time in four innings, the entire lineup registered a plate appearance with the first six men reaching base and four crossing the plate.

On the mound, Riley Myers, DJ Laxton and Pierce Wilhelm combined to shutout the Lions. Myers picked up the win and improved to 2-0 on the season, tossing the first six innings, scattering five hits. He walked one and struck out six. Laxton walked two and fanned one in his scoreless seventh. Wilhelm allowed one base-on-balls and retired three by strikeout in two innings of action.

Game Two Recap (11-1):
Catawba sent 10 batters to the plate with half reaching base via base-on-balls handed out by Mars Hill’s starting pitcher Ryan Steffens. The Indians plated five, before Robbie was erased at home on a bang-bang play, ending the first inning.

A walk, an error, two wild pitches and a single accounted for the Indians' two runs in the third.

Catawba increased its advantage to 11-0 in the next frame with four runs on four hits, before allowing the Lions to register their lone score of the afternoon.

Austin Purser worked a lead-off walk in the visitors' fifth inning and came around to score on an RBI single by Cody Cline.

Bryson Linkous worked 4.2 innings, registering his first win of the season. He surrendered one run on two hits and four walks, while striking out six. Trent Montgomery fanned the only batter he faced and Peyton Williams tossed the final 2.0 innings. Williams struck out the five of the seven hitters he faced.

Up Next:
Shippensburg visits Newman Park Friday for the first of a three-game weekend series. Friday's first pitch is at 3 p.m., with Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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Today's Events

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 1),
Tennis (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION, 1:00
Tennis (M) vs. FRANCIS MARION, 1:00
Baseball @ Queens, 2:00AudioStats


«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 13-17

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 56-71

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 66-82

February 27

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 5-3

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 2-1

Lacrosse (W) @ Barton 8-14

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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