The Wingate University Bulldogs broke a 12-12 tie with single runs in the eighth and ninth, getting an RBI double in the eighth and a solo homer in the ninth to post a 14-12 victory over Belmont Abbey this afternoon at Abbey Yard. Wingate sweeps the season series as it improves to 21-9, while the Abbey drops to 15-14.
The game featured 26 runs on 29 hits as seven of the Abbey's 13 hits went for extra bases, while Wingate finished with 16 hits, with seven going for extra bases as the teams combined to use eight pitchers.
Wingate matched the two runs in the top of the second, but the Abbey came right back with two of its own in the bottom of the frame on a pair of sacrifice flyouts from Dimino and Nick Nunziato.
The scoring continued in the third as the Bulldogs scored three to knot the game at four, but Allen clubbed a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to move the Crusaders back in front 5-4.
Wingate again plated two runs, this time in the fourth, but the Abbey countered with four runs in the bottom half, two coming on Nunziato's homer and the others on an RBI double from Dimino and a sacrifice fly from Conor Kwalwasser, which gave the Abbey a 9-6 lead.
The visitors chopped the lead to 9-7 in the fifth, but Dimino answered with a two run shot in the bottom of the inning, his first, which extended the Crusaders lead to 11-7.
The final four innings was all Wingate, as the Bulldogs scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh, and one each in the eighth and ninth, with the last two breaking a 12-12 tie.
Belmont Abbey's twelfth run came in the seventh as Dimino's groundout scored Kayden Krause.
Brandon Dorsey moved his record to 2-0 as the third of four Wingate pitchers allowed one run on two hits in two innings, striking out one. Cameron Price earned the save as he worked a perfect ninth inning.
Wes Wood, the third of four Abbey pitchers, fell to 1-1 in the loss as he gave up one run on three hits in three innings.
Belmont Abbey totaled 13 hits as five players-Wright, Krause, Dimino, Allen and Josh Genthe-finished with two. Dimino drove in five runs, Nunziato totaled three RBI and Allen finished with two. Krause and Dimino scored three runs.
The Crusaders go on the road Wednesday with a game at Newberry. First pitch is 6:00 p.m.