FLORENCE, S.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team traveled to Francis Marion, who is ranked 18th in the country according to NCBWA, Wednesday to take on the Patriots. The Crusaders were unable to overcome their regional opponent and took the loss by the score 6-4.
The Abbey scored the first run of the game in the third inning as junior Josh Genthe drove in junior Luke Cuerton with a sacrifice fly. Cuerton had singled to lead off the inning. The Patriots responded in their half of the third with three runs coming off three hits. Abbey starter Michael Luchansky threw 3.0 innings allowing the three runs on four hits.
Belmont Abbey (7-7) tacked on three runs of their own in the fourth with a rally that included four hits and an error. Junior Colin Rosenbaum singled to left field followed by a walk from senior Kayden Krause. After Robert Lathrop was hit by a pitch, Cuerton hit a high chopper over the mound that allowed everyone to move up, scoring Rosenbaum. Junior Matt McGarry then singled through the left side driving in Krause and Lathrop. After four innings, the Crusaders held a 4-3 lead.
Francis Marion (11-1) tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth when Tee Dubose recorded an RBI single to center. The Patriots took the lead in the sixth off an RBI single from Antonio Pino. FMU added an insurance run in the eighth taking advantage of a defensive masque by the Crusaders.
The Crusaders gathered 10 hits in the contest as Beinlich registered three and Rosenbaum and Cuerton both recording a pair.
The Crusaders will host their first home conference series of the year as they welcome King to Belmont. Game one of the series will be on Friday at 5:00 p.m.