April 21, 2017
Baseball Opens Brevard Series With 14-0 Shutout
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Hunter Shepherd (Salisbury, N.C./Homeschool) threw seven shutout innings and 23rd-ranked Catawba stayed in a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 14-0 win over visiting Brevard in baseball action on Friday night at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians improve to 33-12 overall and 17-5 in the SAC. The Tornados fall to 10-34 and 3-19.
Catawba took the lead in the first and never looked back. Zach Almond (Richfield, N.C./N. Stanly/UNCG) and Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) singled home runs before an out was recorded. Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) singled home two runs to cap the early outburst the put the Indians up 4-0 after one frame.
Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan) hit is team-leading 15th home run, a two-run shot, in the second and a pair of unearned runs in the third made it 8-0. The Indians wrapped it up with a five-run fifth.
Shepherd, now 7-0, kept the Tornados off the board, getting out of an early second and third jam in the first with a strikeout and a ground out. He scattered six hits over his seven innings, walking two and striking out six.
Setzer produced three hits, needing just a double for the cycle. He had three RBI and scored four runs. Almond and Malachi Hanes (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) joined the junior with three hits. Brayden Morris and Joseph Nelms collected two hits for Brevard.
The teams will conclude the series on Saturday with a doubleheader at noon. Catawba will honor its seniors prior to game one and will recognize its 1992 conference championship team that went a perfect 21-0 in SAC play between the doubleheader.
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