Baseball

Lomascolo's Arm, Zubillaga's Hit Propel Baseball to World Series Opening Win

CARY, NC -- Catawba claimed a 2-1 win over the University of Indianapolis in its first-ever NCAA II College World Series game on Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.  The fourth-ranked Catawba Indians got a clutch hit from Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) and an outstanding pitching performance from Nick Lomascolo (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) in winning their opening game.  Catawba improves to 44-15 and will next face the winner of the Delta State/St. Mary’s (TX) game on Tuesday night at 4 p.m.  The Greyhounds, ranked 11th in NCAA II, fall to 46-15 and will face the loser of the earlier mentioned game at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Lomascolo outdueled Indianapolis’ Donovan Drake, who entered the game with a sub 2.00 ERA and five shutouts.  The Catawba junior lefty pitched into the ninth before getting help from Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS), who came on to get the final two outs and earn his fourth save.  Lomascolo, now 10-4, allowed the single run off five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.

Neither team found much success in the opening innings as Lomascolo had allowed just a single and Drake a mere walk over four frames.  The Greyhounds threatened in the fifth, getting two on with one out, but Lomascolo got out of trouble with a double play ground out to end the inning.  Catawba would get its first two runners of the fifth on base, but could not advance them further.

Indianapolis drew first blood with a run in the sixth.  Matt Maringer’s double with one out put runners on second and third and pinch-hitter Nate Koontz was able to get Scott Lawley home with the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly.

Catawba came right back.  Chris Dula (Troutman, NC/S. Iredell HS) led off the Indian sixth with a single and stole second with one out.  Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) and Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS) followed with walks to load the bases.  Zubillaga was able to single up the middle to plate both Dula and Satterfield to put the Indians on top.

Lomascolo was able to work a pair of 1-2-3 innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Jake Hartley in the ninth.  The lefty got a big out, working back from a 3-1 count to strikeout Koontz for the first out.  Brooks then entered and got a pair of fly outs to end the game.

Catawba managed just three hits.  Underwood had picked up the first Indian hit in the fifth.  Zubillaga reached all three times at the plate as he also drew a pair of walks.  Lomascolo became just the sixth Catawba pitcher to reach double-digit wins in a season. 

VideoVIDEO: Indianapolis Post-Game Interview with Coach Gantt

VideoVIDEO: Indianapolis Post-Game Interview with C. Dula

NewsNational Championship

Box Score

Today's Events

No events are scheduled today

Calendar

«December 2016»
1
December 1

Swimming @ SCAD Invite M-5th;W-6th

Basketball (M) @ North Greenville 98-84

2
December 2

Swimming @ SCAD Invite M-5th;W-6th

3
December 3

Swimming @ SCAD Invite M-5th;W-6th

Basketball (W) @ Tusculum 60-55

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 89-86

45678910
December 10

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 4 p.m.

1112
December 12

Basketball (M) vs. JC SMITH 11 a.m.

1314
December 14

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 8 p.m.

151617
December 17

Swimming @ Queens

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 4 p.m.

1819
December 19

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 7 p.m.

2021222324
25262728293031
December 31

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.

Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.


TEAM PHOTO

Basketball (W) Team Photo

SPONSORS