Baseball Outlasts Lenoir-Rhyne in 13 Innings


HICKORY, N.C. -- Riley Myers threw four scoreless innings of relief as Catawba topped host Lenoir-Rhyne 10-5 in 13 innings to open a South Atlantic Conference baseball series on Friday night at Bears Field. The fourth-ranked Catawba Indians improve to 28-8 overall and 13-3 in the SAC. The Bears fall to 16-18 and 4-9.

Myers entered the game in the 10th and did not allow a base-runner until a one-out double by Matthew Freeman. That would be the only Bear to reach base against Myers, who fanned five in improving to 5-0 on the year.

Jeremy Simpson walked to open the Catawba 13th and went to third on a base hit by Heath Mitchem. Jackson Raper walked to load the bases and Cameron Morrison drew a walk on five pitches to break the tie. Hunter Shepherd followed with a grand slam on an 0-1 pitch to give Myers a cushion.

Catawba starter Bryan Ketchie threw seven shutout innings before exiting in the eighth after L-R loaded the bases with no outs. Peyton Williams eventually got the Indians out of the inning and threw a scoreless ninth to get the game to extra frames.

With one out, Clayton Jeffries singled home two runs and Freeman doubled home another. Jeffries scored on a wild pitch before a single by Zach Shoemaker tied the game for L-R. A walk to start the ninth and Freeman’s double in the 13th were the only two baserunners for the Bears after tying the game.

Mitchem’s two-run single in the sixth broke a scoreless tie and gave the Indians a 2-0 lead. RBI singles by Henderson Lentz, Bryce Butler and Raper in the seventh gave Catawba a 5-0 lead.

Simpson and Mitchem each had three hits for Catawba. Butler and Raper added two hits. Freeman posted three hits for the Bears with Dalton Putnam and Hunter Jackson getting two each. Hunter Martin (0-3) took the loss after throwing four scoreless inning before finding trouble in the 13th.

The teams are set to wrap up the series with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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