Crusaders Sweep Doubleheader to Win First Series of the Season

Crusaders Sweep Doubleheader to Win First Series of the Season

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Crusaders baseball team swept the doubleheader at Newberry to record the series win and improve their record to 2-2 on the season. The Abbey took game one by the score of 5-2 and ran away with game two, 12-1. The Abbey knocked 11 hits in game one and 12 hits in game two. Nick Beinlich recorded five hits on the day and Luke Cureton drove in four runs between the two games.

In game one the Crusaders struck in the first inning as Beinlich lead off the game with a double and scored on Colin Rosenbaum's double.  Michael Gonzalez made his season debut on the hill for the Abbey.

The Wolves answered in the third inning scoring two runs on a bases loaded single by Ben Herring. Newberry held the 2-1 lead into the fifth inning. Matt McGarry led off the fifth with a walk and made it to third after a wild pitch and fly out. Cureton recorded the RBI ground out to knot the score.

The pitchers controlled the rest of the game only allowing four base runners into the ninth. In the ninth the Crusaders started a two out rally sparked by a Beinlich double. Cureton singled him home, and after a Rosenbaum single, scored on wild pitch. Kennan Stanly recorded a pinch-hit single to plate Rosenbaum allowing the Crusader to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth.  

Cameron Busby came in to close it out for the Abbey and induced two ground outs before striking out the final batter.

Gonzalez managed 5.0 innings allowing five hits, two runs and three walks. Griffin Baker followed with 2.0 innings and two strikeouts. Brady Hill received the win tossing a scoreless eighth while fanning two and Busy earned the save.

Newberry's starter Josh Stempihar went 4.2 innings allowing three hits, two runs and four walks. Charlie Fessler was charged with the loss after throwing 4.0 innings with seven hits and three runs.

Blake Waldron got the nod in game two and faced off against Newberry's Hunter Hill. The Wolves took the first lead plating a run in the second inning after a single, a double and a ground out to the shortstop. But that was all that Waldron would allow as he went 5.0 innings giving up five hits and the lone run.

The Crusaders busted the score wide open in the fourth inning scoring six runs on five hits. After three walks the Abbey strung together five consecutive singles by Jakob Rolly, Thomas Yoder, Stanley, McGarry, and Beinlich to give the Crusaders the 6-1 lead.

Belmont Abbey exploded for another six runs in the sixth inning registering another five hits. Yoder got the party going with a single and later scored on a throwing error following a Stanley single. Beinlich laced his second double of the game down the right field line, scoring Stanley. Beinlich scored on Rosenbaum's sacrifice fly and after a Genthe single, Kayden Krause crushed a three run home run in to left field.

Parker MacPhail and Alejandro Nodarse came in relief, each throwing an inning and striking out two batters, to seal the game for the Abbey. Waldron earned his first win if the season going 5.0 innings giving up five hits and one run while fanning three batters.

Hill was issued the loss for the Wolves after going 3.2 innings.

The Crusaders will host Catawba Tuesday, February 7, at 5:00 p.m. at Abbey Yard.