King scored ten unanswered runs after Belmont Abbey opened the scoring in the first as the Tornado cruised to a 22-8 baseball victory this afternoon in the first game of a three game Conference Carolinas series. The Tornado improve to 15-15 overall and 9-6 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 16-15 overall and 11-8 in league play.
The series will conclude with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon from Abbey Yard.
The lead was short lived, as the Tornado sent 13 men to the plate in the second inning, scoring eight runs. King added two more in the third to move its lead to 10-1. After King tacked on two in the fifth to increase its lead to 12-1, the Crusaders ended the scoring drought with one in the fifth as Krause recorded his second double of the afternoon, this one driving in Conor Kwalwasser.
King scored one in the sixth and two more in the seventh and the Abbey added another in the bottom of the seventh, as Krause drove in his second run with a single up the middle that chased home Josh Genthe.
The Tornado clubbed a two run homer in the eighth to move its lead to 17-3, but the Crusaders matched the two spot in the bottom of the inning, as Matt McGarry tripled home Wes Wood. McGarry then scored on Michael Cole's single to right.
In the ninth, the Tornado scored five times, and the Crusaders plated three as McGarry reached on an error, scoring Drew Sipp, who led off the inning with a single. Cole followed with a triple to right center, scoring McGary and Leighton Gibson, who doubled Sipp to third.
Heath Loyd moved to 4-1 as he held the Abbey to three runs on seven hits in seven innings, striking out five. Harry Ferguson fell to 4-5 as he allowed eight run on eight his in two innings. He gave up all eight runs in the second inning after retiring the side in order in the first.
Belmont Abbey recorded 23 hits as Krause led the way with three. Cole, Genthe and Anthony Dimino all finished with two. Cole drove in three runs and Krause added two.