In what could become a broken record, former Lake Norman High pitcher Nick Lomascolo has set a Catawba College record for career pitching victories.
Lomascolo, a senior lefthander, registered the 32nd favorable mound mark of his stellar four-year career with the nearby Salisbury-based Indians when helping guide Catawba to a convincing, 7-2 triumph at home over fellow South Athletic Conference member Lenoir-Rhyne late last week.
The decision allowed Lomascolo, who during his prep-level career at Lake Norman helped lead the Wildcats to a state 3A class championship crown, to become the new career all-time leader in pitching wins at Catawba with still a number of additional starting assignments on tap during the remainder of this season.
In also gathering in his staff-leading sixth win of the season, Lomascolo worked eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out 11. His total in the strikeout department allowed Lomascolo, also named the Most Valuable Player during Lake Norman’s 2009 state championship series, to move within six more whiffs of also becoming the Catawba program’s all-time leader in that category as well.
Some of Lomascolo’s stiffest competition for the staff lead in wins comes from a fellow product as well. Ross Whitley, also a former member of the Lake Norman program, owns a 5-0 record heading into this week’s play.
In picking up the landmark win, Lomascolo was aided offensively by another area product. South Iredell product Chris Dula stroked out two hits for the Indians in the key conference win that allowed Catawba to support its current 14th-place rank in the NCAA Division II ranks heading into this week’s scheduled play.