The Belmont Abbey baseball team lathered six Saint Anselm pitchers for 15 hits as the Crusaders scored seven runs in the second and third innings to post an 18-0 seven inning victory and complete a three game sweep of the series this afternoon at Abbey Yard.
Belmont Abbey, winners of four straight, improve to 4-3, while Saint Anselm, which opened the season this weekend, falls to 0-3. The Hawks don't play again until March 1, while the Crusaders host Lenoir-Rhyne Tuesday at 2:00.
The game was stopped after seven innings due to the Saint Anselm travel schedule. Saint Anselm is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.
After a scoreless first inning the Crusaders erupted for seven runs in the second inning, sending 11 men to plate.
Kennan Stanley led off with a double and moved to third on a single to right by Jon Pilla and scored on a balk. Pilla scored on a double to left by Conor Kwalwasser, who then stole third and scored on the errant throw to up the lead to 3-0.
Four batters later, Anthony Dimino clubbed the first of his two home runs of the day, a line drive shot to right that scored Lorenzo Wright and Ian Vazquez. Weston Clarke made it back-to-back home runs when he sent a screamer off the top of the scoreboard in left to up the Abbey lead to 7-0.
One inning later the Crusaders struck for seven runs again as they took advantage of two Saint Anselm fielding errors in the frame. Kwalwasser opened the inning reaching on an error, stole second and scored on Wright's double to left. Vazquez followed with a single to chase Wright home and increase the Abbey lead to 9-0.
Four batters later, Clarke drew a bases loaded walk to score another run, followed by a Levi Wright groundout that scored Michael Falsetti. After Dimino scored on a wild pitch, Ian Vazquez reached on another Hawks error, this one allowing Stanley to score to up the lead to 14-0.
Saint Anselm went down in order in the fourth, and Dimino struck again in the bottom of the inning, blasting a solo homer to right center.
The Crusaders tacked one more in the fifth on a Michael Accetullo sacrifice fly that brought home Nick Beinlich, who led off the inning with the Crusaders first triple of the year.
The final two runs of the game came in the sixth, the first on Kayden Krause's RBI double to left that scored Quinn Hawksworth. Beinlich drove in the final run on a single up the middle that brought home Gabby Amor.
Belmont Abbey totaled 18 hits as Vazquez and Dimino both recorded three. Dimino drove in four runs. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit with five recording at least one RBI.
Logan Redmond earned his first collegiate win, as he baffled Saint Anselm's offense, allowing just two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out seven.
Clayton Welch, the first of six Saint Anselm pitchers, took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in one and a third innings, striking out a pair.