March 7, 2020
Catawba Sweeps Doubleheader to Win Series Over Lenoir-Rhyne
Salisbury, NC -- Saturday afternoon was a hitting fest at Newman Park as Catawba (17-3, 8-1) took both games of a doubleheader over Lenoir-Rhyne (12-10, 4-5). Game one was a blowout victory as the Indians scored 19 runs in a 19-4 win, while it took a come from behind effort to win game two 5-4.
Game one began as a pitchers' duel the first 3 innings as Bryan Ketchie and Alex Shirazi went toe to toe on the mound. Catawba took the lead in the 3rd on a Luke Spiva RBI single and led 1-0 until the bottom of the 4th.
The bats came alive for a 7 run 4th inning to take an 8-0 lead. All 7 runs came with two outs, beginning with a Henderson Lentz RBI hit followed by a Lee Poteat RBI single to right field. Lentz would score on a wild pitch later in the frame, then Jackson Raper came to the plate and hit a 3 run bomb to right field to break the game open. The final run of the inning came on a Hunter Shepherd RBI double to right field that scored Cameron Morrison.
With the score 9-0 in the 6th, the Bears came clawing back after a Will Jones two run homerun and then another two run homer by Andy Lopez to make the score 9-4. The Indians answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 10-4.
Five more runs came across in the 7th for Catawba that included a Morrison two run blast to left field and a Jeremy Simpson RBI triple. The Indians would tack on 4 more runs in the 8th to make the score 19-4.
Ketchie would finish the day with a line of 5.1 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Shirazi finished the game with 3.2 innings pitched while giving up 8 hits, 8 runs, and 5 punchouts.
Another offensive highlight for Catawba was Lentz, as he went 4-4 on the game with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Shepherd finished the game with 3 hits and 1 RBI while leadoff man Lee Poteat went 3-5 with 2 RBI.
The second game was much different from the first as the pitching was solid from both sides. LR took a 3-0 lead early on scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning to jump ahead. The Bears led 4-0 in the bottom of the 3rd when the Indians scored 3 runs to bring them within one. Jackson Raper ripped a 3 run homerun to right field for his second homer of the day.
The Indians bullpen did great work shutting down LR in the late innings, led by Caleb Link's 2.1 innings. Robbie Cowie came in to get the save in the 9th, stranding the tying run on third to end the game.
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