April 21, 2018
Baseball Sweeps DH with Wingate to Clinch SAC Regular Season Championship
WINGATE, N.C. - - Catawba baseball swept their South Atlantic Conference double header with Wingate to clinch the SAC regular season championship on Saturday at Ron Christopher Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 27-21 overall and 19-8 in the SAC, while Wingate falls to 34-15 and 17-10 in the conference.
Michael Elwell earned his fifth win of the season after pitching six complete innings in game one. He allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out 10 batters. Hunter Shepherd
record his third save, allowing no runs on two hits over 2.2 innings pitched. Jacob Nester
had two hits and three RBI to lead the Indians at the plate. Jackson Raper
and Joe Butts
each added three hits for Catawba.
Wingate took the lead first in the bottom of the second inning on an unearned run. Catawba quickly answered and tied the game in the top of the third with a run on three hits. The Indians took the lead in the top of the fourth on a Nester home run.
Catawba plated three runs in the seventh inning to extend their lead. Wingate responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs to tie the game at five. The Indians kept the Bulldogs off the board the last two innings while they scored four in the top of the eighth to take the 9-5 win of game one.
Connor Johnson took the win for game two after allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five over five innings. Chance Bowden recorded two hits and a RBI for Catawba. Nester added a hit and two RBI.
Bowden put Catawba on the board a home run to right field on a 2-1 count. Raper scored later in the opening frame on a wild pitch to give the Indians a two-run first inning. The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.
The Indians added two runs in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Wingate added a run in the fourth to cut Catawba’s edge to one. Catawba recorded three runs on one hit in the sixth as the last runs scored of the game to win 7-3.
The series win earns Catawba the number one seed for the South Atlantic Conference tournament that will begin on Thursday, April 26, at the Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee.
Catawba will host UNC-Pembroke on Tuesday for a non-conference game in Newman Park.