Belmont Abbey freshman shortstop Colin Rosenbaum scored the winning run on a Limestone error with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh inning as the Crusaders baseball team completed a three game Conference Carolinas sweep of the Saints with an 8-7 victory this afternoon at Abbey Yard. The Crusaders extend their winning streak to six as they improve to 9-3 overall and 6-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Saints fall to 4-9 overall and 0-3 in league play.
After Limestone touched Crusaders starter Tyler Byrnes for three runs unanswered runs-two in the first and another in the third-Belmont Abbey pulled two back in the second on Ryan Allen's two RBI double to center.
One inning later, the Abbey powered ahead 6-3 as it scored four times, getting RBI singles from Weston Clarke and Lorenzo Wright and two more on a Rosenbaum single. Belmont Abbey added another in the fourth on Clarke's sacrifice fly to right, scoring Allen to increase the lead to 7-3.
Limestone did not go away, as it scored four unanswered runs, three in the sixth and one more in the seventh to bring the game to a 7-7 stalemate.
Neither team scored again in regulation, sending the game to extra innings.
The Crusaders won the game in the bottom of the eleventh after the first two batters were retired. Rosenbaum kept the inning alive with an infield single, followed by another infield single from Conor Kwalwasser. Rosenbaum, who moved to second on the play, scored on the next at bat as Wright rolled a grounder to second, but the ball went under the glove for an error as Rosenbaum raced home with the winning run.
Allen, who cracked two doubles at the plate, moved to the mound in the ninth and earned the victory to improve his record to 2-0. He allowed one hit and struck out five. Jalen Byrd the fifth and final pitcher of the day for Limestone, fell to 0-2 as he gave up the winning run, unearned, on two hits in two thirds of an inning.
Belmont Abbey totaled 14 hits as Rosenbaum led the way with three. Allen, Anthony Dimino and Kwalwasser each had two. Dimino extended his hitting streak to 11 games as one of his hits went for a double.
The Crusaders step out of conference play midweek as they go on the road to face Lenoir-Rhyne Tuesday night at 6:00.