FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team rallied to come back from a 9-0 deficit, lead by senior Nick Beinlich's two home runs, but was unable to complete the comeback Friday at Emmanuel. The Crusaders' record moves to 5-5 on the season as Emmanuel improves to 5-4.
The Lions jumped out to a 9-0 lead, scoring four runs in the second inning and five in the third. Emmanuel recorded nine hits in the two innings, seven singles and two doubles. The Crusaders captured one back in the fourth when Beinlich walked and later scored on a ground out.
The Abbey put a rally together in the sixth as Beinlich lead off the inning with his fourth home run of the season. Senior Kayden Krause worked a walk, freshman Jakob Rolly singled, and sophomore Luke Cuerton walked to load the bases with no outs. Junior Matt McGarry produced a ground ball that scored Krause before junior Thomas Yoder singled into left field, scoring Cuerton. After the sixth frame the Crusaders had pulled within five. The Abbey tacked another run on in the seventh when Beinlich singled and later scored on an error.
Emmanuel responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh. After back to back singles, having runners at first and third, they attempted a double steal. Yoder threw out the runner at second as the runner from third came in to score.
The Crusaders mounted another rally that would ultimately tie to score as they erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth inning. McGarry started the inning off with a walk and came around to score on a strikeout. Senior Kennan Stanley, junior Josh Genthe, and junior Colin Rosenbaum all walked to load the bases for Beinlich who launched his second home run of the game over the fence. The grand slam tied the game at 10.
Emmanuel was able to retake the lead in the bottom half of the eighth inning taking advantage of a single and walk before a wild pitch and single gave the Lions three more runs. The Crusaders tried to rally in the ninth sparked by Stanley's walk and Genthe's single. Rosenbaum drove a fly ball to right field to bring Stanley in but that was all the Crusaders could muster.
On the day, Beinlich had three hits and five runs-batted-in. Genthe recorded two hits as did Yoder and Stanley. Yoder and Rolly also drove in two runs apiece.
The Crusaders look to take the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.