Baseball Loses Twice At #17 Mount Olive By A Pair Of 6-5 Scores

The Belmont Abbey baseball team lost both games of a Saturday doubleheader at the 17th-ranked Mount Olive Trojans by two 6-5 scores. Belmont Abbey scored the first five runs in game two before the Trojans countered with six unanswered runs. Mount Olive improves to 33-11 overall and 16-2 in Conference Carolinas, while the Crusaders fall to 17-26 overall and finish the conference slate with a mark of 7-14.

In the seven inning opener, the Trojans drew first blood in the first as they scored two runs, and they tacked on two more in the third to open up a 4-0 lead.

Belmont Abbey cut into the advantage in the sixth with three runs, as it used a two RBI double from Quinn Hawksworth and a sacrifice fly from Levi Wright.

Mount Olive absorbed the Abbey's charge and answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to move the lead to 6-3, but the Crusaders mustered one final rally in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs.

The Crusaders scored twice as Weston Clarke's groundout to third chased home Ian Vazquez, followed by Levi Wright's single to right center that scored Conor Kwalwasser.

After Wright's contributions, Hawsworth singled to center, followed by an infield single from Lorenzo Wright to load the bases, but a comebacker to the pitcher forced Levi Wright at home to end the game.

Mount Olive starter Derek Justice pitched the first six innings, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out six and walking five. Brody McDonald allowed three hits but no runs in the seventh to get the save. Parks Smithey went the distance, striking out seven, but he gave up six runs on seven hits.

In the nightcap, which was nine innings, the Crusaders stormed ahead 5-0 as it started with four in the first, three coming home on Lorenzo Wright's bases clearing triple. Two batters later, Jon Pilla drove him in with a single.

Two innings later Vazquez made it 5-0 with a solo homer.

That was all of the scoring for the Crusaders as the Trojans plated six unanswered runs, starting with a Rob Shipman two run homer in the fourth. They added another in the fifth, two more in the seventh and took the lead with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Down to its final three outs, the Abbey put the tying run in scoring position with two outs, as Anthony Dimino reached on an infield single and stole second, but a groundout ended the game.

Jordy Farthing, the third and final Trojans pitcher, earned the win in two and one-thirds innings of scoreless relief, scattering two hits.  Logan Redmond, the second of three Abbey pitchers, was saddled with the loss after giving up one run on zero hits in an inning, walking two and fanning one.