The Belmont Abbey baseball team scored 35 runs on 38 hits in a Saturday doubleheader at Emmanuel as the Crusaders completed a three game Conference Carolinas sweep of the Lions with 13-8 & 22-6 victories this afternoon. The sweep gives the Crusaders a 6-3 record overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Lions drop to 1-10 overall and 0-3 in Conference Carolinas.
In the seven ininng opener, the Crusaders jumped ahead 4-0 in the top of the second as Kevin Elefante opened the scoring with an RBI single that plated Nick Nunziato. After Weston Clarke came home on a Lions fielding error, Conor Kwalwasser homered for the second-straight game as his two run shot increased the Abbey's lead to 4-0.
Emmanuel came right back with three runs in the botttom of the frame but the Crusaders countered with single runs in the third and fourth and exploded for four runs in the fifth.
In the third, it was Clarke's groundout to second that brought home Nunziato for a 5-3 Crusaders lead. One inning later, Ryan Allen smacked a solo homer, and in the fifth it was Lorenzo Wright's two RBI single, followed by Anthony Dimino's double to the gap in left center that scored Allen and Wright to widen the Abbey's lead to 10-3.
The Lions scored three in the bottom of the fifth but the Crusaders matched it in the sixth on a two run single by Elefante followed by Clarke scoring on an error to make the lead 13-6.
Emmanuel closed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Belmont Abbey starting pitcher Matt Davenport earned the win in five and one-thirds innings of work. He allowed eight runs, six earned, while fanning four. Wes Wood worked the final inning and two thirds, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one. Emmanuel starter Riley Sparks took the loss after giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits in four and two-thirds innings.
The Crusaders offense recorded 16 hits as every player in the lineup had at least one, as Nunziato and Elefante both registered three. Two of Nunziato's hits were doubles and the other was a triple as six of the hits went for extra bases. Kwalwasser, Dimino and Levi Wright each had two.
In the nine inning nightcap, the Crusaders had no trouble securing the series sweep as they built a 9-0 lead after two innings.
Scoring three in the top of the first, Allen clubbed a two run homer followed by an RBI single from Clarke.
One inning later, the Crusaders effectively put the game away with six runs, two on Lorenzo Wright's single and two more on Dimino's single. Dimino later scored on an error and Wright came home on a groundout for a 9-0 lead.
Emmanuel pulled two back in the fourth but the Crusaders responded with four in the fifth on an RBI single from Elefante and an RBI double from Colin Rosenbaum, who later scored on a Lions error off the bat of Allen.
Rosenbaum produced the Abbey's 14th run of the game in the sixth, as his sacrifice fly to right was deep enough to bring home Clarke to bring the Crusaders lead to 14-2.
Emmauel plated three in the bottom of the inning and that was all of the scoring until the eighth when the Abbey scored five times, two coming on Armen Calilao's first career triple. Michael Cole recorded his first career RBI with a groundout that scored Drew Sipp and Rosenbaum scored on a wild pitch. Calilao crossed the plate on Matt McGary's single to center.
Belmont Abbey plated its final three runs in the ninth two on Cole's first career homer, while Sipp scored on an error.
The Lions closed the scoring with a solo homer in the ninth.
Abbey starter Tyler Byrnes picked up the win as he allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings, fanning four.
Hudson Jacobs took the loss for Emmanuel. The Lions starting pitcher gave up nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits in two innings.
Belmont Abbey recorded 22 hits, eight going for extra bases, as Calilao finished a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. He recorded three hits and drove in two runs. Clarke and Lorenzo Wright both had three hits. Allen drove in four runs.