Baseball Sweeps Queens, Win Streak at 15 Games


Charlotte, NC -- The Catawba baseball team extended their win streak to 15 games as they swept a doubleheader Saturday afternoon against Queens. Pitching was the story for the Indians as Bryan Ketchie and Hunter Shepherd led Catawba to two wins on the day.

Game One:
Ketchie stole the show in game one as he went 7.2 innings while giving up 5 hits, 1 run, and striking out 5. DJ Laxton finished the game giving up 2 runs in 1.1 innings.

The top of the order drove the offense in this one as Lee Poteat and Luke Spiva drove in 2 runs each. Hunter Shepherd collected 2 hits on the afternoon as his hot hitting continued.

With the score 2-0 in favor of the Indians in the top of the 6th, Catawba scored 4 runs to grab a 6-0 lead thanks to RBI's from Jeremy Simpson, and Poteat. Mistakes also cost the Royals in the inning. A hit by pitch started the frame and later a wild pitch put two men in scoring position. With the bases loaded, Bryce Butler reached on an error that scored Simpson.

Catawba scored one more run in the 9th to add insurance on another error by Queens. The Royals scored two runs off Laxton in the bottom of the 9th, but Laxton would shut the door and the Indians sealed a 7-3 victory.

Game Two:
Shepherd got the start on the hill for game two and didn't disappoint. Shepherd was dominate in 6+ innings of work giving up 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned) and striking out 8.

The Indians would get out to a 4-1 lead after 5 innings and things seemed to be going all Catawba's way. The offense collected 9 hits on the afternoon including RBI's from Jackson Raper and Cameron Morrison. The momentum changed in the bottom of the 9th, however, after a Raper error to begin the inning.

After Robbie Cowie came in to relieve Shepherd, Mason Pickard drove in a run. Then RJ Conner brought home another run on a safety squeeze play to bring the Royals within a run. Then with two strikes on him and two outs, CJ Hammonds tied the game with a single to take the game to extra innings.

In the 8th, the Indians loaded the bases with no out. Cameron Morrison hit a slow chopper out to shortstop and no play was able to be made, allowing the Indians to go ahead 5-4.
Cowie would shut the door in the 8th as Catawba finished off the weekend sweep of Queens.

Dylan Wilkinson got the start at first base and went 2-4 with an RBI. Shepherd and Simpson also had two base hits on the game, while Raper smashed a two run homer to right field in the 5th inning.

Catawba is back home this Tuesday when they host Mount Olive at 4 pm.

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