TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team put together three big innings but was not able to complete the come back to defeat North Greenville, Friday night. Belmont Abbey totaled 12 hits to NGU's 15, as the Crusaders of South Carolina took the 11-7 win.
North Greenville (13-4, 3-1) struck first with a run in the second inning coming off a double and a single. The Abbey responded with three runs in the fourth all coming off a three run blast by Luke Cuerton. Cuerton homered over the left field wall to drive in Kayden Krause and Thomas Yoder, who each singled in the inning.
NGU managed two runs in the fourth, off back-to-back hits and a sacrifice fly. After four innings, the contest was tied at three. North Greenville took the lead in the fifth, adding five runs on six hits. They managed three consecutive singles, before an RBI groundout, which was followed by three more hits.
Belmont Abbey (10-9, 4-3) scratched two across in the seventh after a Josh Genthe singled and Kennan Stanley reached on an error. Nick Beinlich grounded out to plate a run and Krause produced a sacrifice fly.
North Greenville tacked on three more runs in the eighth benefitting from a triple and two singles. The Abbey mustered one last rally in the ninth as Colin Rosenbaum walked and Krause smashed his sixth home run of the season.
Belmont Abbey starter Blake Waldren, tossed 5.2 innings allowing eight runs on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Waldren's record moves to 2-2 on the year. North Greenville's Tucker Burgess records the win going 6.0 innings giving up three runs on eight hits and five strikeouts. Burgess did not allow a walk.
On the game Genthe, Krause, Cuerton, and Matt McGarry each tallied two hits. Both Krause and Cuerton drove in three runs each.
The Abbey continues the series with North Greenville tomorrow with a double header. Game one will start at 12:00 noon.