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Baseball Finishes Sweep of LR

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HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba’s fourth-ranked baseball team completed a weekend sweep of host Lenoir-Rhyne, claiming both ends of Saturday’s South Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Bears Field. The Catawba Indians improve to 30-8 overall and 15-3 in the SAC, winning 13-2 and 10-6 in nine innings. The Bears drop to 16-20 and 4-11.

Cameron Morrison had a pinch-hit double with one out in the ninth to score Jeremy Simpson with the eventually winning run in the nightcap. Lee Poteat followed the double with a run-scoring single and with two outs, Jacob Neseter and DJ Laxton singled home runs to pad the lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne had scored four runs in the second inning to take a 4-2 lead. Hunter Jackson capped the inning with a two-run single. Catawba retook the lead in the fourth. After a pair of two-out walks, Laxton tripled both runners home. Bryce Butler singled in Laxton to give Catawba a 5-4 edge.

Clayton Jeffries two-out double tied the game in the fifth and the teams headed to extras after neither team scored in the sixth of seventh. Laxton singled home Henderson Lentz in the eighth to put Catawba up by a run, but LR answered on sacrifice fly by Alex Reynolds to force another inning.

Laxton picked up three hits and four RBI in game two. Simpson hit a two-run homer in the first for one of his two hits. Peyton Williams (2-1) was the winner in relief, pitching the eighth inning. Riley Myers closed the game with a scoreless ninth. Hunter Shepherd started and went seven. He gave up eight hits and fanned seven.

Catawba rolled in game one. Lentz, Simpson and Jackson Raper homered in the win. Lentz and Raper posted three RBI with Simpson collecting three hits. Catawba scored five in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead then added five more in the eighth to break the game open.

Sawyer Strickland (5-1) earned the win as he hurled seven innings. He scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out one.

Catawba is at home on Tuesday, hosting Barton in a non-conference game at 6 p.m.

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