HARROGATE, TENN. – The No. 14 Belmont Abbey Crusaders split a doubleheader Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial winning game one 5-4 and taking the Railsplitters into extra innings before LMU won 14-11. Matt McGarry went 2-for-3 in game one with two runs scored and Colin Rosenbaum went 2-for-3 in game two with two runs scored and two RBI. The Crusaders move to 31-8 on the year and Lincoln Memorial is now 25-17.
The Abbey got off to a hot start in game one scoring three runs in the first inning as they batted through the order. Nick Beinlich's RBI double and Kevin Elefante's RBI single plated the runs in the first. In the second Belmont Abbey added two more runs as Luke Cureton singled in a run with another scoring on the play. LMU was able to score four runs in the bottom half of the second recording three hits in the frame. That's all the scoring the game saw as they seven-inning contest ended in the 5-4 score.
Sam Luchansky earned his seventh win of the season in his 5.0 innings of relief allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and struck out four.
Belmont Abbey scored a quick two runs in the first inning of game two as Thomas Yoder drove in a pair on a single to right-center. Lincoln Memorial took the lead in the bottom of the first scoring four runs on two hits and four walks. The Railsplittrs scored three more in the second and three more in the third to take a 10-2 lead. With game two being a seven-inning contest The Crusaders began to mount their comeback in the fourth as Drew Sipp drove in a run with a sac fly. Rosenbaum doubled in the fifth to score another run and bring the deficit to six. Belmont Abbey erupted for seven runs in the sixth to take an 11-10 lead Jakob Rolly notched an RBI double, AJ Hendricks shot a ground ball that two runs scored on, Rosenbaum was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Cureton smashed an RBI double, and Sipp forced a fielding mistake that led to a run.
LMU was able to tie the game up in the bottom of the sixth which would hold until the ninth when LMU took the win with a two-out three-run home run. Both teams used seven pitchers in the second game.
Belmont Abbey will host Conference Carolinas opponent Barton this weekend with the first of the three games series Friday at 6 PM.