Baseball Takes Win Over USC Aiken


AIKEN, S.C. -- Catawba claimed an 8-4 win over host USC Aiken in baseball action on Monday night at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The win improves the 11th-ranked Catawba Indians to 37-12, while the Pacers fall to 24-19.

USC Aiken had trimmed a 5-2 deficit to 5-4 in the seventh, but Catawba tallied three times in the eighth for some insurance and Riley Myers shut the door the final two innings. Myers tossed two shutout frames and allowed just one hit with a pair of strikeouts.

Jacob Nester’s two-run single in the second staked Catawba to an early lead. The Pacers came back in the bottom half as the first five batters reached. The Indians got out of the inning by the held of Lee Poteat, who threw a runner out at the plate, and a double play grounder to end the frame.

A sacrifice fly by Jeremy Simpson and a Pacer error led to three Catawba runs in the fourth as the Indians retook the lead. The Pacers got a run in the fifth then cut the margin to 5-4 in the seventh on a single by Chandler Rogers. Caleb Link came in and struck out the final two batters of the frame.

Catawba started the eighth quietly as the first two batters were retired. Cameron Morrison doubled with two outs and Henderson Lentz singles. Nester drove in a run with a hit, while the final two runs scored on an error.

Nester had three hits, drove in three and scored twice in the win for Catawba. Lentz had three hits and scored twice. Sawyer Strickland (7-2) got the win in relief.

Sean McQuillan collected three hits for USC Aiken. Hunter Shuff (0-2) took the loss in relief.

Catawba travels to Winston-Salem State on Tuesday for another 6 p.m. first pitch.

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