In a game that had 11 hits total, Belmont Abbey got a big night from Weston Clarke on offense and a trio of pitchers turned away Francis Marion in the final three innings to pick up a huge win on the road 4-3. The Abbey takes their record with the win to 6-3-1 while the Patriots fall to 8-1.
The Crusaders used a three run second to take the lead into the late innings, before scratching across the eventual game winning run in the top of the 10th. In the second, Thomas Yoder reached on an error to start the inning. After Yoder stole second, he would advance to third on walks to Conor Kwalwasser and Matt McGarry. Nick Nunziato would even the score with a bases load walk, bringing Clarke to the plate. Clarke would lace a single to right center, scoring Kwalwasser and McGarry for a 3-1 lead.
Francis Marion would square things in the bottom of the seventh, plating two runs on three Abbey hurlers. Brady Hill would give up an inherited runner on an infield hit by Casey Clauss, scoring Antonio Pino. That infield hit would be the last the Crusaders would allow. Hill, Ross Garrett and Kyle Halbohn would pitch 3.2 innings of one hit work to take the game into extra frames.
The Abbey would break the stalemate in the tenth, as Nunziato would lead off with a walk, followed by a clean single from Clarke. Lorenzo Wright would move the runners into scoring position, as Thomas Yoder would load the bases with a walk. Kayden Krause would be hit by a pitch to drive home Nunziato, giving the Abbey the one run lead.
Chris Anderson would then bring on Kyle Halbohn to save the game for Ross Garrett. Halbohn would retire the side in order, punching out the final two hitters looking. The save for Halbohn would be his second, as Ross Garrett would pick up his fourth win, all out of the bullpen.
The Crusader return to Abbey Yard to face Emmanuel in the start of conference play. The three game series will begin Friday, with a 2:30pm first pitch. The Belmont Abbey Sports Network will be on the air at 2:15pm for Crusaders Pregame.