The Belmont Abbey Crusaders baseball team scored three runs in the first and added another in the fifth to beat the Catawba Indians 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at Abbey Yard. The win improves the Abbey's record to 8-12 while Catawba falls to 9-9.
The Crusaders came out swinging right out the gate scoring three runs in the first inning. Anthony Dimino led off with a walk and then two stolen bases put himself in position to score on Kayden Krause's double down the left field line. Krause then scored on a triple by Nick Bienlich who then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop on his throw to third base. The Abbey tacked on one more run in the fifth inning after Dimino walked and stole second. Michael Falsetti drove him home with a single into right field.
Catawba began to answer when T.J. Wharton started off the sixth inning with a home run over the left-center field wall. The Indians then strung two more hits together along with a walk to plate another run.
The Indians rallied in the ninth to cut the lead to one on a sacrifice fly and threaten to tie but Weston Clarke was able to finish the gem and record his second save in as many appearances.
Crusaders starter Aaron Rumburg was credited with the win-the first of his career-as he went six strong innings allowing only two runs on seven hits. He walked two batters and struck out four. Indian starter Joe Watson suffered the loss allowing three runs on two hits and a walk as he threw just 23 pitches.
The Crusaders face conference opponent Erskine this weekend in a three game at Abbey Yard. Game one is scheduled for 2:30 P.M. Friday afternoon.