Seven of Belmont Abbey's 12 hits went for extra bases as eight of the nine Crusaders in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit in a 14-10 win over Newberry this evening at the Smith Road Baseball Complex. Belmont Abbey improves to 16-14, while the Wolves drop to 17-15.
Belmont Abbey clubbed six doubles and a homer as six players recorded an RBI.
The Crusaders jumped on top big early to seize a lead they would never lose. Lorenzo Wright led off the game with a double, Kayden Krause followed with a walk and Anthony Dimino beat out an infield single to load the bases. Nick Nunziato emptied the bases with a double to right center.
Josh Genthe was retired on a lineout, but Conor Kwalwasser, the ninth batter of the inning, delivered a two RBI triple, scoring Allen and Elefante. Wright was walked in his second at bat of the inning, and Krause made it 8-0 with a ringing double to right, chasing home Kwalwasser and Wright for an 8-0 lead.
The Wolves cut the Abbey's lead in half with single runs in the first and second and two more in the third, but the Crusaders countered with five in the fourth. Wright led off with a homer. After Krause was retired, Dimino delivered a double to right center then Nunziato was hit by a pitch. Elefante brought home Dimino with a single to right, then Armen Calilao reached on a fielder's choice that scored Nunziato.
Two batters later, Genthe lined single down the rightfield line, scoring Allen and Calilao to increase the Abbey's lead to 13-4.
Newberry scored one in the fifth and added four in the seventh to close the Abbey's lead to 13-9. Belmont Abbey pulled one back in the eighth as Dimino led off with a double and scored on Nunziato's single back up the box.
Wesley Camp produced the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth as his sacrifice fly was deep enough to score Jacob Bass to cut the deficit to 14-10, which was the final score.
Abbey reliever Brandon O'Sullivan earned the win as he moves his record to 1-0. He allowed four runs on five hits, striking out three. Newberry starter Alex Roberts fell to 3-3 as he gave up eight runs, only five earned, on four hits in two thirds of an inning, facing ten batters. He walked three and struck out one.
Belmont Abbey recorded 12 hits as Dimino led the way with three, including two doubles. Wright and Nunziato both had two hits, as Nunziato singled and doubled, while Wright doubled and homered. Nunziato drove in four runs, three coming on his first inning double.
Krause, Elefante, Genthe, Kwalwasser and Allen all had one hit, with Genthe and Kwalwasser driving in two runs.