Barton scored the winning run on a Belmont Abbey error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 7-6 victory and a two games to one Conference Carolinas series victory this afternoon at Fleming Stadium. The Bulldogs improve to 13-14 while the Abbey drops to 15-13.
All of the Crusaders runs were scored on extra base hits, with an RBI double, a solo homer and a pair of two run homers.
Trailing 6-4 in the top of the ninth, the Crusaders knotted the game at six as Conor Kwalwasser ripped a one out single and scored on Lorenzo Wright's two run shot to left. Kayden Krause followed with a single, but he was left stranded as the inning ended with a pair of flyouts.
In the bottom of the frame Ryan Allen retired the first two batters but then yielded a single and a walk. Jacob Willis ended the game when he reached on an error, allowing pinch runner Hunter Pearre to score the winning run from second base.
Krause gave the Crusaders the lead in the third with a double down the rightfield line, scoring Kwalwasser for a 1-0 advantage.
Barton moved ahead in the bottom of the third with two runs, but Levi Wright tied the game at three with a two run shot to left in the sixth.
The Bulldogs broke the tie in the seventh on one swing of the bat, as Avery Harper clouted a three run shot just inside the leftfield foul pole to move Barton ahead 6-3.
The Crusaders began the comeback in the eighth on Nick Nunziato's solo homer. Lorenzo Wright followed with his game tying two run shot one inning later, but Barton won the game in the bottom of the inning.
Louis DeCarolis earned the win in relief, as he held the Crusaders to three runs on four hits in three and one-thirds innings, striking out one. Allen took the loss. He pitched the final four innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits. He fanned four.
Belmont Abbey finished with 12 hits as Kwalwasser led the way with three. Lorenzo Wright, Krause and Nunziato all had two.