BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team fought into the 10th inning Tuesday but was not able to pull off the win over Wingate. The Crusaders' first extra innings game of the season ended with the Bulldogs pulling out the 5-4 win.
The Abbey (7-6) struck first scoring three runs in the second as junior Robert Lathrop laced an RBI single through the left side to score senior Kayden Krause, who singled to lead off the inning. Junior Thomas Yoder then hit a bouncing ball to second which the second baseman fielded and tagged out Lathrop, but his throw to first sailed high which allowed senior Kevin Elefante to score from second. Junior Matt McGarry then put a ball in play to short which was bobbled allowing Yoder to score. The Crusaders tacked on another run in the third when senior Nick Beinlich hit his seventh home run of the season over the left field fence. Belmont Abbey held a 4-0 lead through four innings.
Crusaders starter Troy Herterick pitched a very effective 6.0 innings allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four Bulldogs.
Wingate (5-7) was able to get their offense going as they scored a run in the fifth and sixth. Their run in the fifth came off a home run by Joseph Mason. The run in the sixth was the result of a double by Zach Little and single by Andrew Llewellyn.
The Bulldogs were able to tie the game in the eighth after a leadoff home run by Micha Goodwin followed by a single and some defensive masques by the Crusaders. Senior Ross Garrett was able to come in and shut down the Bulldogs in the eighth and fanning two bulldogs to leave two runners on base.
Wingate was able to take the lead in the extra frame pulling off a successful suicide squeeze play. Brandon Donahue recorded the win tossing 1.2 innings not allowing a hit and striking out two.
The Crusaders travel to Francis Marion tomorrow to take on the Patriots at 5:00 p.m.