The Belmont Abbey baseball team completed a three game series with Catawba by splitting a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Newman Park. Belmont Abbey captured the opener 7-5 and dropped the seven inning rubber game by a 6-0 score. Catawba is 2-1, while the Abbey falls to 1-2.
Belmont Abbey held its lead until the bottom of the fifth when the Indians touched Harry Ferguson for a pair of runs to claim a 2-1 lead, but the Crusaders wasted no time regaining thier advantage.
In the sixth, the Crusaders exploded for four runs, as Dimino came home on an error off the bat of Weston Clarke. Armen Calilao followed with a run scoring single that chased home Clarke and Ryan Allen. Conor Kwalwasser drove in the fourth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center that was deep enough to bring home Calilao.
One inning later, the Crusaders tacked on another as Kayden Krause's single to center scored Wright to increase the lead to 6-3.
After the Indians got one back in the bottom of the inning, the Crusaders tacked on an insurance run in the eighth as Clarke scored on Josh Genthe's double to right center.
Catawba rallied with single runs in the eighth and ninth, but Allen locked down the win with his first save to preserve the 7-5 victory.
Ferguson, in his first career start, earned the win after yielding two runs on six hits in six innings. He fanned four and walked three. Allen recorded the final out of the game to earn the save. Russ Weiker, the second of seven Catawba pitchers, suffered the loss after allowing two runs on one hit, walking one as he faced just two batters.
Belmont Abbey totaled nine hits as Dimino led the way with three in five at bats. Genthe recorded two.
In the seven inning nightcap, Catawba struck for one run in the first and added another in the fourth to move ahead 2-0. The Indians plated two more in the fifth and sixth to close the scoring.
Catawba starter Connor Johnson went six strong innings to record the win. He fanned eight and walked just one, scattering two hits. Abbey starter Matt Davenport suffered the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings.
Wright and Dimino had one hit each.