Belmont Abbey freshman pitcher Aaron Rumburg threw the first no hitter of his 18 years as he carried a perfect game with two outs in the ninth to lead the Crusaders to a three game sweep of North Greenville this weekend. Belmont Abbey won Friday's opener 8-3 and swept today's doubleheader by scores of 11-3 and 7-0. Belmont Abbey improves to 16-23 overall and 7-11 in Conference Carolinas, while North Greenville drops to 7-29 overall and 2-13 in league play.
Rumburg, a freshman from Forestview High School in Gastonia, retired the first 26 batters he faced and was just one out away from a perfect game before he hit shortstop Colton Grant on a 1-0 pitch. Rumburg threw 97 pitches, 67 for strikes as he fanned seven. He moved his record to 3-2 with the sterling performance.
In the seven inning opener, Smithey fanned seven in seven innings and allowed just three runs on five hits as the offense gave him all he needed in the fourth.
Leading 2-1 after three innings, the Crusaders exploded for five runs in the fourth as Conor Kwalwasser was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, followed by a Kayden Krause sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Anthony Dimino punched a double to the gap in right center, scoring Kwalwasser and Jon Pilla. Dimino later scored on a wild pitch.
North Greenville pulled two back in the bottom of the frame on a two run homer, but Dimino struck again in the sixth, as his run scoring single chased home Ian Vazquez. Kennan Stanley followed with a two RBI single that plated Levi Wright and Weston Clarke.
Smithey retired the side in order in the seventh to seal the victory.
Belmont Abbey played an error free game defensively as the offense rapped out 11 hits, led by Dimino's four. Stanley and Vazquez both had two. Dimino drove in three runs with Krause and Stanley adding two.
Shane Bishop fell to 0-2 in the loss as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits in four innings.
In game two, it was all Rumburg as he retired the first 26 batters, seven by strikeout. The freshman was in complete command and the offense gave him the only runs he would need in the first.
Wright was plunked with a pitch with the bases loaded. Two innings later, he blasted a three run homer to left, his fifth, which extended the lead to 5-0.
In the fifth it grew to 7-0 as Clarke's sacrifice fly scored Vazquez, followed by Dimino scoring from third on a wild pitch.
The final run was tacked on in the eighth as Wright struck again, blasting a double to right center that plated Clarke.
Rumburg made it all stand up, as he put the finishing touches on the no-hitter with a foulout to Dimino behind the plate.
Wright finished 2-3 with five RBIs to lead an offense that collected 11 hits. Krause, Vazquez and Dimino each had two hits.
North Greenville starter Zach Smith fell to 1-4 as he gave up six runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two.