March 2, 2019
Baseball Splits DH With LMU to Win Series
HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Catawba split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial on Saturday and took the series two games to one. Lincoln Memorial rallied for a 5-4 win over 12 innings in game one, while the Indians won the final game 4-1. The Catawba Indians move to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in the SAC. The Railsplitters go to 11-8 and 4-2.
Heath Mitchem’s three-run homer in the third inning proved the difference in game two on Saturday. Jacob Nester started the inning with a walk and Jeremy Simpson reached on a one-out error prior to the home run. Nester tripled home Laxton for an insurance run in the fourth.
Bryan Ketchie (5-0) went the distance for the win. He gave just a run on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Simpson had two hits.
Matt Mullenbach (1-2) took the loss for LMU. He pitched six innings and surrendered six hits with seven strikeouts.
Catawba was down 3-2 in the eighth inning of the opener, but tied the game when Mitchem scored on a ground out by Hunter Shepherd. The Indians went on top in the 11th as DJ Laxton’s sacrifice fly scored Robbie Cowie, who had tripled.
LMU came back in the bottom half of the 11th opening the frame with three singles. Dalton Dedas tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Peyton Williams got out of the frame with a double play grounder. An inning later, Josh Stucky led off the 12th with a game-ending home run.
Cowie and Jackson Raper each had two hits for Catawba. Laxton had two RBI. Williams (0-1) took the loss. Sawyer Strickland was stellar in relief, throwing six and third scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits and fanned eight.
Tyler Adams and Will Reddick each produced three hits for LMU. Patrick Queener (1-1) pitched a scoreless 12th to earn the win. Eli Wright starter and allowed a pair of run off three hits in five innings. Devin Morris tossed five and a third innings of relief and allowed two runs on five hits.
Catawba is back in action at Newman Park on Tuesday, hosting USC Aiken at 2 p.m.