The Belmont Abbey Crusaders lost a pair of games to Catawba today by scores of 3-0 and 6-4. With the losses, the Abbey falls to 4-6; while Catawba moves their win streak to six as they begin the 2016 season.
In the opener, Carly Tysinger was sterling in the circle for Catawba, tossing a complete game four hitter, while striking out 10. The Crusaders were able to muster just six baserunners, with no one advancing past second.
Catawba gave Tysinger an early run in the first inning. Kristen Stinnard reached on a one out, infield single and advanced to second with a stolen base. The attempted throw to second went awry, rolling into right centerfield, allowing Stinnard to score. The frame would set the tone for Samantha Jacobs, who would allow just one earned run despite the loss.
Catawba would get the insurance they were seeking for Tysinger in the third as Gina Gerone would plate two with a two out double with two down, stretching the lead to 3-0.
With the three run lead, Tysinger would stifle the Abbey hitters the rest of the way. The 10 strikeout performance would take her record to 3-0 on the year. The Crusaders got base hits from Sloane McPeak, Jena Reisenauer, Dani Marrieta and Kat Starnes in the losing effort.
In game two, Catawba would overcome an early two run deficit with a four run second to create the necessary distance from the Crusaders. Catawba was able to outhit the Crusaders 8-7 in the nightcap, led by Ashley Wagoner's three hit performance. The Catawba left fielder would also drive in a run while scoring one as well.
Brittany Ortiz would have a career afternoon for the Abbey, wrapping three hits while driving home two. The highlight for the freshman from California was her first collegiate homer, a solo shot that got the Crusader one run closer. Shanan Mas took the loss for the Abbey, going 4.2 innings, while allowing three earned runs.
The Crusaders will be on the road for an extended time, as they embark on a 10 game road trip. They return home on March 10-12, playing doubleheaders against Erskine, Davis & Elkin and King. They will travel to Hickory for weekend non-conference play on Friday.