Belmont Abbey freshman second baseman Kayden Krause hit a two run homer and walked three times but the Crusaders baseball team lost 17-9 at Catawba this evening in the final midweek game of the 2014 season. Catawba improves to 28-16 while the Abbey drops to 17-28.
The Crusaders will close out the 2014 season with a three game series at Armstrong May 3-4.
That would be the only Crusaders lead of the game as the Indians scored five unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to surge ahead 5-1.
Two innings later, the Abbey sliced the lead down to 5-4 as Krause blasted a two run homer, his fourth, and Anthony Dimino scored from third on a Catawba throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
Once again, the Indians countered the Abbey threat by stetching their lead in the bottom of the frame, scoring five runs to move the lead to 10-4.
Catawba added five more in the fourth and two more in the fifth to close the scoring, but the Abbey's offense came alive in the latter part of the game.
Starting with a run in the sixth on Dimino's infield single, the Crusaders scored four in the eighth, two coming on a single from Dimino and the final two from Clarke, who ripped a double to the gap in left center.
Catawba reliever Matt Farmakis, the second of eight Indians pitchers, was credited with the victory after striking out the only two batters he faced in two thirds of an inning. Cody Stull, the Abbey starter and the first of seven pitchers, yielded ten runs, five earned, on ten hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out another.
Vazquez, Dimino and Clarke each had two his as the Crusaders totaled 11. Dimino and Clarke each drove in three.