BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Thomas Yoder and Luke Cureton each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, but a three-run homer in the seventh lifted No. 2 seed Mount Olive to a 6-4 victory over third-seeded Belmont Abbey Sunday afternoon. The decision ended the Crusaders' run at the 2018 Conference Carolinas Tournament.
Belmont Abbey (37-12) opened a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by Nick Beinlich, but Mount Olive evened the score with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second.
The Crusaders went back ahead in the third, when Yoder doubled to center with two outs, bringing home Beinlich, who led off with a walk. The lead increased to 4-1 in the fifth when Cureton homered with one out, and Kevin Elefante bounced an RBI single through the right side.
The Trojans (35-13-1) cut into the lead in the bottom of the frame, plating two runs on a one-out single. They took the lead two innings later on a leadoff walk, hit batter and home run to right by Nate Estes.
Zach Vennaro (6-1) earned the win, pitching a shutout over the final 4.2 innings. Parker MacPhail (5-1) took the loss allowing the home run after two solid innings of relief.
Belmont Abbey returns to regular-season play next Friday when it hosts Francis Marion in a doubleheader.