College baseball: Catawba romps behind Brooks
HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Catawba’s baseball team romped, 10-0, at Coker on Sunday and easily swept another three-game South Atlantic Conference series.
The Indians (27-5, 17-3 SAC) own four straight weekend sweeps of conference opponents and have won 25 of their last 27 games.
Craig Brooks (7-1) pitched six dominant innings, striking out a career-high 14 and facing the minimum 18 hitters. For the season, Brooks has 100 strikeouts in 62 innings. He lowered his earned run average to 1.16.
Brooks, who pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, allowed just one hit on Sunday.
Will Beeson, Michael Elwell, Russ Weiker, Avery Bowles and Ryan McClintock pitched in relief for the Indians. Beeson and McClintock struck out two each to bring the total number of punch outs by Catawba hurlers to 18. The relief corps did not allow the Cobras a hit.
The Catawba individual record for strikeouts in a game (18) was set by Jerry Maye in 1965.
Catawba basically settled the outcome with a six-run third inning.
Catawba pounded out 15 hits. Kyle Smith, who enjoyed a 7-for-13 series, and Luke Setzer produced three hits each. T.J. Wharton, Grayland Fowler and Brooks had two hits each.
Fowler and Will Albertson drove in two runs apiece.
Albertson cooled off with a 3-for-12 series, but his two-run double in the third inning was the key blow on Sunday. Setzer followed with a two-run triple in that big inning.
Coker fell to 10-20 overall and 4-14 in the SAC.
Catawba has outscored its opponents, 304-107, this season. The Indians are also an impressive 16-3 on the road.
Catawba hosts Pfeiffer on Tuesday and entertains Winston-Salem State on Wednesday at Newman Park. Both games start at 6 p.m. The Indians are also at home next weekend against SAC foe Wingate.
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W — Brooks (7-1). L — Baldwin (3-4).