No. 5 Indians Rout Braves 13-1

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Cameron Morrison’s two homeruns powered No. 5 Catawba to its 11th-consecutive win, including nine at Newman Park.

The Indians improved to 12-1 this season with a 13-1 rout over UNC Pembroke at home Tuesday. The Braves dropped their third straight contest, falling to 6-4 on the campaign. This is the second victory over a nationally-ranked team in a week for Catawba.

On the mound, Sawyer Strickland started for Catawba, turning in a quality performance with seven scoreless innings. He picked his third win of the season in three starts, fanning six and walking one, while scattering six hits.

How it Happened:
With bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the second, Morrison hooked a high towering shot down the left field line, just inside the foul pole, giving Catawba the 1-0 lead.

The home team busted the game open in the next inning with two three-run blasts, expanding the lead to 7-0.

Heath Mitchem delivered the first homer over the barrier in right, plating Joe Nester and Jeremy Simpson. Nester led off with a walk and Simpson reached after being hit-by-pitch.

After a pitching change and recording the second out of the inning, Joe Butts started another rally with a single through the left side. Hunter Shepherd followed with a hard grounder back through the box, putting men on the corners. Morrison stepped in and worked a 2-2 count before scalding a line drive over the fence in left center.

The Indians added two more runs in the fifth on a walk and two doubles. They bumped the advantage to 13-0 with four in the sixth.

No UNC Pembroke players advanced past second base through the first eight frames. For the second-consecutive game, the Indians surrendered a ninth-inning tally, breaking up a shutout.

Catawba’s Pearce Wilhelm worked the ninth and the first pitch he threw left the yard off the bat of Dawson Painter.

Jackson Raper registered two hits, giving him  at least one in each of the Indians’ 13 games. Butts and Shepherd joined Raper and Morrison with multi-hit performances with two each. Morrison drove in a four, while Mitchem and Butts knocked in three runs each. DJ Laxton worked a perfect eighth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The Braves' seven hits came from seven different players but Painter’s home run was the only extra-base hit.

Up Next:
Catawba concludes its 12-game home stand this weekend with a South Atlantic Conference clash against Wingate. Friday’s first pitch is at 6 p.m. and the series wraps up with a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m.

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