The Belmont Abbey baseball team opened the 2015 season with a 27-7 loss to the visiting Catawba College Indians this afternoon in the season opener for both teams. The two teams will conclude the three game series with a doubleheader in Salisbury beginning at 1:00 tomorrow.
That would be the only Crusader lead as Catawba exploded for 15 unanswered runs, plating two in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and eight in the sixth to open up a 15-1 lead.
Belmont Abbey broke the string with five in the bottom half of the sixth, all coming on home runs. Nick Nunziato hit a towering two run homer to left center, and then Lorenzo Wright clubbed a three run inside the park homer to center field, as his line drive sailed over the head of a diving Blake Houston and rolled to the wall. Wright scurried home just before the throw to the plate.
The Indians tacked on eight more in the seventh and in the bottom of the frame Nunziato blasted a solo homer, his second of the day.
Catawba closed the scoring with two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Catawba scored 27 runs on 25 hits and was mistake-free defensively. Belmont Abbey totaled seven runs on 11 hits but was charged with six errors in the field.
Wright, Nunziato and Dimino each had two hits with Wright and Nunziato driving in three runs.
Shaefer Shepppard earned the win for the Indians after working five and one thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out three. Weston Clarke, the first of six Abbey hurlers, suffered the loss after yielding six runs, five earned, on seven hits in three and one-thirds innings. He fanned six and walked four.