GREENEVILLE, TENN. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team split Friday's doubleheader recording the series win at Tusculum. The Crusaders took the first game of the day by a 7-4 score and dropped game two 10-5. The Abbey is 5-2 on the season as Tusculum moves to 3-4.
In game one The Abbey benefitted from 10 hits, scoring sox runs on the sixth inning. AJ Hendricks tallied two hits on the game as Colin Rosenbaum and Thomas Yoder both drove in two runs. Despite the early lead the Pioneers took in the second, scoring two runs off Crusader miscues, Belmont Abbey was able to rally in the sixth outing up six runs. Five Crusaders tallied hits in the inning including singles from Josh Genthe, Kevin Elefante, Matt McGarry, and Rosenbaum. Hendricks delivered the big blow with a two RBI double.
The Abbey used five pitchers to secure the win with starter Jeff Thompson accumulating most of the innings, tossing 3.2 with four strikeouts. Sam Luchansky recorded the win with his 1.2 innings of work, allowing only one hit and striking out one. Brady Hill recorded his first save of the season throwing the ninth inning.
Game two saw offensive performances from both clubs with 19 total hits in the seven inning contest. Genthe managed a multi-hit game for the Crusaders. Belmont Abbey scored in the first inning when McGarry and Yoder each singled, but the Pioneers answered in their half of the first with two runs.
The Crusader retook the lead in the third after Nick Beinlich singled, Rosenbaum was hit by a pitch, Yoder hit a sac fly, and Genthe laced an RBI triple in to center field. The lead was short lived as the Pioneer tied it up in the bottom half of the third with and walk and eventual RBI single.
Belmont Abbey scored in the fourth off a Beinlich sac fly and later again in the fifth with an RBI double from Luke Cureton. Tusculum walked away with the victory after plating runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth.
Blake Waldren started on the mound for the Crusaders pitching 3.2 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, and four walks, with three strikeouts. Beck Way was given the loss in his 1.1 innings of work with one hit, two runs, and one walk.
Belmont Abbey will host Anderson Tuesday at Abbey Yard at 4 P.M.