The Belmont Abbey baseball team lost twice to the visiting Lenoir-Rhyne Bears this afternoon, both by 6-1 scores. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 17-11 while the Crusaders drop to 14-11. Both games were seven innings.
In the opener, the Bears wasted no time taking the lead, scoring four times in the first. Brantley Rumford scored on a wild pitch, Ivan Vietez's sacrifice fly scored Ryan Perkins and then Colby Dishmond and Josh Murphy produced RBI singles.
Lenoir-Ryne added to its lead in the third, taking advantage of an Abbey error to score twice, as Chase Hathcock singled to left, where the ball was bobbled, allowing Dishmond and Murphy to score and increase the Bears lead to 6-0.
John Curtis earned the win for the Bears as he went five strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits, striking out four. Brady Hill took the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits in three innings.
Nunziato, Elefante and Levi Wright had all three of the Crusaders hits, recording one each.
In game two, Ryan Allen gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the second, but the Bears scored six unanswered, plating one in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Wes McGuire moved to 2-3 for the Bears. The starter worked four innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two. Weston Clarke fell to 0-2 as he gave up three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings, striking out five.
Belmont Abbey begins a three game series at Barton Friday afternoon at 5:00.