GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team advanced to the championship game in the Conference Carolinas Tournament as they defeated the Pfeiffer Falcons 11-9 on the campus of UNC Greensboro. The Crusaders continued their exceptional offensive performance notching 14 hits. Five Abbey players recorded multi-hit games including the Conference Player of the Year Nick Beinlich's three-for-five performance and Kevin Elefante's three-for-four outing. Matt McGarry, Colin Rosenbaum, and Nick Nunziato all added two hits to the contest with Rosenbaum driving in four runs.
Elefante opened up the scoring in the second inning with a solo home run over the right-field wall. Pfeiffer rallied in the bottom half of the second to score three runs off one hit, a walk, and an error.
Pfeiffer held the 3-1 lead into the fourth when Belmont Abbey broke the game open with five runs off three hits and two errors. Beinlich singled in Josh Genthe and Kayden Krause before Colin Rosenbaum blasted a three-run home run to left center.
The Falcons pushed a run across in the bottom half of the fourth with a SAC fly, which was answered by the Crusaders in the sixth when McGarry doubled in Elefante.
In the seventh, Pfeiffer scored two runs off a double to close the gap to 7-6. The Abbey grew the lead in the eighth when Beinlich scored on an error and Yoder drew a bases loaded walk.
Pfeiffer rallied in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game as they scored three runs off a triple, ground out, and single to knot the score at nine entering the ninth inning.
In the ninth, the Crusaders loaded the bases with no outs and scored on ground balls induced by Rosenbaum and Jakob Rolly. Those two runs were all that were needed by Cameron Busby who came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and earn his second save of the year.
Sam Luchansky threw the majority of the game for The Abbey tossing 3.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, two walks and a strikeout. Brady Hill was credited with the win after recording the last out of the eighth and Busby tossed a one, two, three ninth.
Belmont Abbey will play at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow at UNC Greensboro. The will play the winner of the 1:00 p.m. game which is between the sixth-seeded Pfeiffer and the winner of the last game Saturday night, between the first-seeded Mount Olive and second-seeded North Greenville.