The Belmont Abbey baseball team posted a 10-8 win at North Greenville in the nightcap of a doubleheader after dropping the opener 4-3 this afternoon in Tigerville, South Carolina. Belmont Abbey is now 12-9 overall and 9-5 in Conference Carolinas, while North Greenville is 13-12 overall and 7-4 in league play.
The rubber game of the series is set for 7:00 p.m. Monday night. (Both institutions have policies against playing games on Sunday).
In the seven inning opener, Belmont Abbey opened the scoring in the second as Nick Nunziato scored on Colin Rosenbaum's single to right. North Greenville matched the run in the bottom of the frame to produce all of the scoring until the top of the sixth, when Belmont Abbey surged ahead 4-2 on Nunziato's solo homer followed by Levi Wright coming home on a North Greenville error off the bat of Ryan Allen.
The hosts countered quickly, scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of RBI singles which tied the game. The winning run then came home on a fielder's choice groundout.
Belmont Abbey put the tying run on base in the top of the seventh, as Anthony Dimino led off with a single to center, but he was canceled on a ground ball double play, followed by a groundout to end the game.
Ryan Rich earned the win in relief for North Greenville as he retired the only two batters he faced in the sixth. Cuyler McAullife picked up the save after working a scoreless seventh. Harry Ferguson took the loss as he went the distance, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one.
Nunziato and Armen Calilao both totaled two hits as the Abbey finished with seven. Dimino's single in the seventh extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
In the nightcap, Belmont Abbey stormed ahead 8-1 after three innings as the Crusaders scored twice in the first, four in the second and two more in the third.
North Greenville plated one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to cut the Abbey's lead in half. Belmont Abbey tacked on a valuable insurance run in the top of the eighth as Dimino singled home Levi Wright.
Leading 10-4, North Greenville fired right back with four runs in the bottom of the eighth, two on a Tony Davila homer and another on a solo shot by Allen Staton, but that would be all that the hosts would get as Ryan Allen earned the save after striking out the side in the ninth.
Matt Davenport earned the win as he gave up four runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings, striking out one. North Greenville starter Ryan Dittmar took the loss after allowing six runs, only two earned, on five hits in two innings.
Belmont Abbey rapped out 12 hits as Lorenzo Wright led the way with three. Levi Wright and Allen each had two hits, with both of Allen's going for doubles.