TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team accumulated 14 hits and 10 runs combined in two games but was not able to overcome North Greenville. NGU captured game one, 2-0 and game two, 13-10. Belmont Abbey moved to 10-11 on the season and 4-5 in conference play. North Greenville improves to 15-4 with a 5-1 conference record.
In game one Cameron Busby tossed his third complete game of the season, but was matched by NGU's Canaan Cropper. Each starter only surrendered four hits with Busby walking two and Cropper giving three free passes. Cropper earned his fourth win of the season as he struck out 10 over seven innings. Busby was fitted with the loss with five strikeouts to his credit.
The first game of the tilt was dominated by the pitchers with the only scoring coming in the first and sixth innings. In the first North Greenville took advantage of a triple and a double and in the sixth a solo home run.
Game two saw an explosion of offense with a combined 22 hits and 23 runs between both Crusader clubs. Colin Rosenbaum got the party started in the first inning with a two-run home run, his third of the year. His big fly scored Matt McGarry who had walked.
NGU responded in its half of the first plating a run on a wild pitch. The Abbey added two more runs in the second as Josh Genthe bounced a ball over the right field wall to score Luke Cuerton. Kennan Stanley doubled down the left field line to drive in the second run.
North Greenville tied the game at four in the third, scoring three runs from a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run. Both Crusaders scored in the fourth with The Abbey's run coming off a sacrifice fly from Kayden Krause and NGU's run off a home run from Brandon Odachowski.
Belmont Abbey took the lead in the sixth as they scored five runs off three hits. Rosenbaum blasted his second two run homer of the game and Stanley produced a bases loaded triple.
North Greenville answered in the bottom of the seventh with eight runs as they recorded seven hits in the inning.
Abbey starter Jeff Thompson went 4.0 innings allowing five runs on four hits fanning two. Sam Luchansky was pegged with the loss in his 0.1 inning off relief. North Greenville's Trent Spikes was awarded the win in his 1.1 inning of relief as Clark Scolamiero came in to record his third save of the season.
Rosenbaum and Stanley each had multi-hit games and each drove in four runs.
Belmont Abbey will travel to Hickory, N.C. to face Lenoir Rhyne Tuesday. First pitch will be at 6:00 p.m.