Belmont Abbey avoided a three game Conference Carolinas sweep at Limestone as the Crusaders won the nightcap of a Saturday baseball doubleheader by a score of 10-5 after losing game one, 2-0. Belmont Abbey is now 11-17 overall and 2-7 in conference play, while the Saints improve to 10-16 overall and 2-4 in the league.
In the seven inning opener, the Saints scored both runs in the fourth on a solo homer by Avi Ahlzadeh and an RBI double from KJ McAllister.
Limestone starter Jameson McGrane went the distance as he struck out eight and walked three in the two hit shutout.
Abbey starter Logan Redmond fell to 1-5 after allowing two runs on eight hits in three and one-thirds innings. Forrest Buchanan did not allow a hit in the final two and two-thirds innings, striking out three.
In the nightcap, the Abbey scored nine-straight runs after the Saints plated one in the second inning. The Crusaders scored two in the fourth on a Kennan Stanley double that chased home Clarke and Michael Falsetti.
One inning later, it was a Clarke single to center that brought home Falsetti as well as Ian Vazquez racing home from third on a wild pitch to up the lead to 4-1.
In the sixth the Abbey blew the game open with five runs, three coming on a pair of homers. Zalewa slugged a solo shot to left, followed by a two run shot by Kayden Krause. Anthony Dimino then scored on a throwing error and Clarke later scored on a double by Levi Wright.
Limestone pulled four back in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 9-5 but the Abbey scored once in the seventh as Zalewa led off with a single, moved to third on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Conor Kwalwasser and scored on Krause's sacrifice flyout to center.
Parks Smithey took the win after holding Limestone to five runs, four earned, on eight hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Kaleb Earls took the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits in five innings, striking out five.
Belmont Abbey rapped out 12 hits as Falsetti, Clarke, Wright and Zalewa all had two. Krause drove in three runs.