BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team put together a complete performance Tuesday against Carson-Newman to capture their fifth win of the season. The Crusaders (5-4) took advantage of a great outing from starting pitcher Troy Herterick and timely hitting from contributors such as Nick Beinlich, Kayden Krause, Colin Rosenbaum, and Kennan Stanley to secure the 6-4 victory.
The Abbey jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Beinlich launched a two-run home run over the left field wall. The blast drove in Rosenbaum, whose double was just the beginning of his four-hit day. The Crusaders tacked on two more in the fourth after Jakob Rolly singled up the middle and Josh Genthe tripled him home. Genthe then scored on another Rosenbaum hit. In the fifth inning, Krause homered down the left field line to push the Crusaders' lead to 5-0.
Herterick shut down the Eagle offense with a stellar performance, lasting 6.0 innings allowing just one hit, one run, and one walk as he struck out seven. The effort was enough to earn his first win of the season. Carson-Newman (4-4) put together a rally in the seventh, utilizing an error and two hits to plate four runs. After a walk and a single, Greg Jones homered to right field to pull the Eagles within two. To keep the rally alive, Carson-Newman took advantage of a fielding error and a wild pitch to strike within one.
In the eighth inning, Stanley added some insurance for the Crusaders as he stroked an opposite field home run into the right field bushes. Ross Garrett came in to shut down the Eagles for 1.2 innings, fanning three, and Brady Hill took over to record his third save of the year.
Carson Newman's starter, Kyle Cagle, took the loss, pitching 3.2 innings allowing seven hits, four runs and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Crusaders will play their first conference series this weekend as they travel to Emmanuel. They will play at 3 p.m. on Friday followed by a doubleheader Saturday.