WINGATE, N.C. – Thomas Yoder crushed two home runs, including the go-ahead blast in the ninth inning to lead the Crusaders to a 5-4 win over the Wingate Bulldogs. Belmont Abbey is now 11-2 while Wingate moves to 10-2.
The Abbey took the lead right off the bat as Matt McGarry drove in Nick Beinlich with a sac fly just two batters into the game. Yoder followed with a solo blast to give the Crusaders the 3-0 advantage. Wingate responded in the second with a two-RBI double off the bat of Justin Guy. The Bulldogs then took the lead on a sac fly from Brett Branton.
Wingate tied the game in the sixth when Reece Daniel homered. The game would remain knotted at 4 till the ninth.
With one out in the ninth, Yoder crushed his second home run of the game to right-center field giving the Crusaders the 5-4 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Belmont Abbey totaled 15 hits in the contest as Genthe, Cureton and Elefante all recorded three hits. Beinlich, Yoder, and Jakob Rolly all tallied two hits in the contest as Yoder led the team with two RBI.
Drew Goodman started on the mound for The Abbey, pitching four innings allowing three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three. Sam Luchansky came on in relief followed by Beck Way and Parker MacPhail. MacPhail recorded the win, his first of the year.
Belmont Abbey will travel to Francis Marion Wednesday, to play at 3 p.m.