Carson-Newman scored five unanswered runs, capped off by the winning run in the top of the tenth inning, to erase a 5-2 deficit and earn a 6-5 win in ten innings this afternoon at Abbey Yard. The Eagles improve to 23-15, while the Crusaders drop to 18-18.
Belmont Abbey led 5-2 entering the top of the ninth but the Eagles tied the game with three unearned runs as they took advantage of an Abbey error to send the game to extra innings.
In the tenth, Bryan Everhart reached on a leadoff single to the shortstop, was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Ryan Addington's sacrifice fly to deep center for the winning run.
In the bottom of the tenth, Anthony Dimino recorded his third hit of the day, a one out infield single, but he was left stranded as the next two batters were retired by strikeout and a groundout.
The contest was scoreless until the third when the Crusaders surged ahead 3-0. Kayden Krause singled to right and moved all the way to third on an error. The miscue allowed Conor Kwalwasser and Lorenzo Wright to score. Dimino made it 3-0 as his double to right brought home Krause.
Carson-Newman pulled one back in the top of the fourth as Bo Ausmus came home on a double by Austin Kearney, but the Crusaders had an answer in the bottom of the frame.
After the Eagles scored once in the sixth to trim the Abbey's lead to 4-2, the Crusaders pushed one across in the seventh. Wright blasted a two out triple to center and scored as Krause reached on a throwing error on a routine ground ball to short. That made the score 5-2, which stayed that way until the top of the ninth when the Eagles scored three runs, all with two outs, to force extra innings.
Michael Cogliano moved his record to 3-3 as he allowed one hit in two and one-thirds scoreless innings, striking out one. Carson Bryant earned his sixth save as he pitched the tenth inning, allowing only Dimino's single. Wes Wood, the sixth and final pitcher of the day for the Crusaders, fell to 1-2 after allowing one run on one hit. He struck out one.
Belmont Abbey finished with 11 hits as Dimino led the way with three in four at bats, driving in one. Wright and Calilao both had two hits.