College baseball: Catawba’s streak stopped; Indians play two vs. L-R Saturday
SALISBURY — Catawba’s winning streak ended at 15 games on Friday night with a 4-2 loss to South Atlantic Conference rival Lenoir-Rhyne at Newman Park.
L-R pitcher John Grigg pitched seven strong innings.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-9, 4-3) scored first. Jeremy Simpson tied the game for the Indians with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second.
With Catawba (15-3, 6-1) down 2-1, Simpson’s run-scoring groundout in the fourth made it 2-all.
Xander Ferlenda’s two-run homer in the fifth gave the visitors a 4-2 lead that held up.
Catawba had chances in the seventh and eighth — getting a runner to third in the seventh and loading the bases in the eighth — but couldn’t get the key hit.
Greg Brown (2-2) pitched five innings and took the loss. Sawyer Strickland and DJ Laxton kept the deficit at 4-2 the rest of the way, but the Indians couldn’t come back.
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