February 3, 2012
Baseball Drops Opener to Belmont Abbey
SALISBURY, NC -- Belmont Abbey used four home runs to double-up host Catawba 14-7 in baseball action on Friday afternoon at Newman Park. The Crusaders improve to 2-0, while the 18th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 0-1.
The Crusaders trailed 2-0 after three innings, but a three-run homer by Emilio Pagan (Simpsonville, SC) erased the deficit in the top of the fourth, putting Belmont Abbey up 4-2. Catawba cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning, but Justin Vasquez (Palm City, FL) answered that with a two-run homer in the fifth for a 6-3 edge.
Belmont Abbey erupted for seven runs in the sixth to blow the game open. Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, NC) started things with a three-run shot. He added a second home run, a solo one, in the seventh.
James White (Huntington, WV) got the win in relief for the Crusaders. He entered the game in the fifth with the Crusaders leading 6-3 and two runners on base. He retired both batters to end the Catawba threat. Patrick Rossi (Cary, NC/Cary HS) tossed the final three innings to earn a save.
Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS) led Catawba as he went 3-for-5, with a homer, and drove in four. Freshman Garrett Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) got the Indians on the board first with a rare inside the park home run at Newman Park in the second. Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat) had a solo home run in the third.
Vasquez went 3-for5 for the Crusaders. Pagan and Mullis each drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Rossi posted six strikeouts and allowed only one hit over his three frames. White whiffed four in an inning and two-thirds.
Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) got the start for Catawba. He surrendered six funs off seven hits in five innings while striking out six. Bostian and Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) each had two hits for the Indians.
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Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)
Volleyball @ Queens 3-1
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Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional W-12th;M-16th
Football vs. NEWBERRY 17-13
Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3
Volleyball vs. COKER 3-0
Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 70-72
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Volleyball @ Newberry 3-0
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Basketball (W) vs. Barton 49-58
Basketball (M) @ UNC Pembroke 67-91
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Basketball (M) vs. Montevallo noon
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Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 7 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 4 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.
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