March 17, 2019
Raper Homers Twice as Baseball Completes Sweep of Carson-Newman
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Jackson Raper homered twice in the series finale as Catawba completed a sweep of visiting Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference baseball action at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians took the Sunday afternoon doubleheader by the scores of 6-5 and 6-0. The Indians, ranked 15th in NCAA II, improve to 23-7 overall and 9-3 in the SAC. The Eagles fall to 18-10 and 2-6.
Raper had a key at bat in the opener, drawing a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the sixth the snapped a 5-5 tie and proved to be the winning run. He came back in game two with a pair of two-run homers to back a solid effort from Hunter Shepherd, who improved to 4-2.
The Indians never trailed, but saw Carson-Newman rally back from a 5-2 deficit in the opener. Jeremy Simpson staked Catawba to an early lead with a two-run homer in the first. Killan Daughtry hit a homer for C-N in the second to trim Catawba’s lead to 3-2.
With two outs in the third, Joe Butts doubled home a run and Lee Poteat followed with a triple to push the lead to 5-2. The first four Eagles reached base in the fourth to chase Catawba starter Sawyer Strickland. Charlie Brown doubled home two off Riley Myers and Ethan Goforh got the tying run in on a fielder’s choice.
Myers settled down after he got out of the fourth with a double play. He retired each batter he faced from the fifth to the eighth before leaving after surrendering a leadoff single in the ninth. Peyton Williams got the save as he struck out two then got a flyout with a runner at second to end the game.
Myers improved to 4-0. He logged five innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Williams notched his fifth save.
Shepherd threw his second straight weekend gem, lasting into the seventh and giving up just three this. He walked one and fanned four. After an error and a single in the second he got a comebacker then a fly out to end the threat.
The Eagles had two more on in the fourth, but after a sacrifice, Shepherd got another comebacker to end the frame. Williams recorded the final two outs with a strikeout and a fly out.
Heath Mitchem drove in the first run of the game before Raper followed an out later with his first two-run homer and a 3-0 lead. He capped the scoring with his second, both to right field, in the fifth for the 6-0 lead.
Eight different Indians had hits in the opener. Raper, Mitchem and Henderson Lentz had two hits in game two. Michael Worth had two of the three Eagle hits in game two. He had three hits in the opener.
Catawba steps out of conference and travels to Lander on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
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