The Belmont Abbey baseball team out hit Lander 9-6 but left 11 men on base, including the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, as the Bearcats earned a 6-1 victory this afternoon at Abbey Yard. Lander improves to 17-19, while the Crusaders drop to 18-17.
Lander bolted out to a 5-0 lead as the visitors scored three in the second, one in the the third and another in the fifth.
The Crusaders plated their run in the sixth as Kayden Krause began the inning getting hit by a pitch. A bunt single by Anthony Dimino moved him to second and he scored on Armen Calilao's single to left.
Lander added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on Colby Lusignan's solo homer to right.
Belmont Abbey threatened in the bottom of the ninth, as the Crusaders loaded the bases with two outs, but Dimino's long flyout to the base of the warning track hill in center ended the game.
Harry Ferguson fell to 4-6 in the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in two innings. Cam Hokanson, the fourth of five Bearcats pitchers, was credited with the victory after throwing two and two-thirds of scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five.
Dimino and Matt McGarry led the Crusaders with two hits apiece as the Abbey finished with nine.
Belmont Abbey is off one week for Easter break and will return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 when hosting Carson-Newman.