The Belmont Abbey baseball tem bolted out to an 8-1 lead after four innings and junior pitcher Tyler Byrnes held North Greenville to just four hits over seven innings, striking out five, as the Crusaders baseball team earned a Conference Carolinas series victory with a 10-1 win this evening in the rubber game of a three game series. Belmont Abbey improves to 13-9 overall and 10-5 in league play, while North Greenville drops to 13-13 overall an 7-5 in Conference Carolinas.
Belmont Abbey finished with 11 hits as four different players recorded two each. Lorenzo Wright, Anthony Dimino, Nick Nunziato and Weston Clarke all had two hits. Wright doubled twice with Clarke adding another. Nunziato drove in four runs as he hit his third homer of the series , a leadoff shot in the sixth.
After two scoreless innings, Belmont Abbey scored four times in the third. Wright led off with a double and moved to second on a walk to Conor Kwalwasser. After a double steal, Dimino walked to load the bases. After a pitching change, Nunziato reached on a fielder's choice, but an error allowed Wright and Kwalwasser to scamper home for a 2-0 lead. Clarke made it 4-0 with a double to center, plating Nunziato and Dimino.
One inning later, the lead doubled to 8-0 as Dimino clubbed a two RBI single, followed by an RBI single from Nunziato. The other run scored on a North Greenville error, as Colin Rosenbaum strode home on the miscue.
North Greenville pulled one back in the bottom of the inning, but the Abbey put up single runs in the fifth and sixth.
In the fifth, Rosenbaum led off with a single and scored on Wright's second double of the game. Nunziato closed the scoring in the sixth with his leadoff homer, his third of the series.
Byrnes made the lead stand up, as he limited the hosts to four hits, three singles and a triple, while striking out five and walking none over seven innings. Ryan Allen worked the final two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced. He gave up a walk, but the runner was caught stealing on the next at bat.
Ryne Frankoff took the loss. The first of seven North Greenville hurlers, Frankoff allowed three unearned runs on three hits in two innings. He walked four and struck out a pair.
Dimino has now hit safely in every game this season as his hitting streak now stands at 22 games.
The Crusaders are back in action tomorrow at 3:00 with a road game at Brevard.