BELMONT, N.C. – Jakob Rolly lined the 2-2 pitch over the second baseman's head with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Belmont Abbey to a 7-6 walk-off win over Lander Wednesday night. Luke Cureton and Adam Arcadia, who started on second and third base, both scored on the single. Belmont Abbey improves to 27-15 on the season. The Lander Bearcats fall to 18-25 this year.
The contest saw the Crusaders use nine pitchers in total, all throwing an inning apart from Troy Herterick's 0.2 and Parker MacPhail's 1.1. Sam Luchansky, Griffin Baker, and Cameron Busby each struck out two batters in their inning of work. Ross Garrett claimed his first win of the season as he pitched the ninth inning.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead as Matt McGarry, who went 3-for-5, singled and Colin Rosenbaum doubled him in, in the first inning. Lander was able to take the lead in the third as they scored six runs on four hits, including two doubles and two home runs.
The Abbey started their comeback in the sixth chipping away a run when McGarry scored on Rosenbaum's sacrifice fly. Belmont Abbey scored twice in the fifth when Nick Beinlich launched his 17th home run of the year over the left field wall. The Crusaders trailed 4-6 entering the bottom of the ninth inning.
McGarry doubled off the centerfield wall and Cureton singled him on to cut the deficit to one with two outs. Nick Nunziato worked a pinch hit walk and was replaced by Arcadia at first. After Cureton and Arcadia advanced a base on a passed ball, Rolly lined a base hit just over the outstretched glove of the second baseman for the game winner.
The Abbey will travel to Erskine this weekend for their final conference series before the Conference Carolinas Tournament.