BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team won their fifth straight game as they tallied 17 runs and 11 hits in the 17-10 victory over Armstrong State. The Crusaders improve to 15-11 on the season as the Pirates move to 13-10.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on Jakob Rolly's first collegiate home run, over the center field fence. The Abbey tacked on another run in the fourth as the Pirates walked in a run.
Armstrong State rallied in the fourth to take the lead as they scored six runs on five hits. Belmont Abbey managed a run in the bottom of the fourth as they worked another bases-loaded walk. The Pirates plated a run in the fifth to push their lead to 7-4.
In the fifth, the Crusaders warmed up the bats as they scored four runs on three hits. Nick Beinlich doubled and scored on Matt McGarry's single to right-center. After Colin Rosenbaum walked, Thomas Yoder executed a successful suicide squeeze to score McGarry. Nick Nunziato drove in two runs with a single, a towering fly ball to centerfield. The Crusaders reclaimed the lead, 8-7. The Abbey was not finished as they scored four more in the sixth frame. A bases loaded throwing error allowed three runs to score and Kayden Krause laced an RBI single to account for the Crusader runs.
Belmont Abbey added some insurance in the seventh scoring five more runs. Robert Lathrop doubled to lead off the inning and Josh Genthe worked a walk before McGarry sent a sacrifice fly into center field. Yoder struck a bases loaded single up the middle to score two runs before Krause drove in two more runs with a single through the left side on the infield.
Armstrong State managed three runs in the ninth recording three hits accompanied by some Crusader miscues.
Abbey starter Griffin Baker went 4.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks as he struck out seven batters. Baker was relieved by Stephen Hueber, Sam Luchansky, Alejandro Nodarse, Parker MacPhail, and Wes Wood. Luchansky was credited with his first win of the season, going 1.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Armstrong State starter, Aaron Bently, went 2.2 innings giving up three runs on four hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Reliever, Caleb Wood, took the loss as he went 1.2 innings allowing five runs on two hits.
On the day, Krause and Nunziato each recorded multi-hit games, they also drove in three runs, as did Yoder. McGarry and Rolly each had two RBs on the night.
The Crusaders will host Southern Wesleyan this weekend with the first game of the series taking place Friday, and 6:00 p.m.