WINGATE, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team rushed past the Wingate Bulldogs in another impressive offensive performance Tuesday night. The Crusaders were led by senior outfielder Kennan Stanley, who hit for the cycle, driving in three runs. The Abbey has won their 11 of its last 13 games, improving to 21-13 on the season.
Belmont Abbey recorded 22 hits in the contest with seven Crusaders tallying multi-hit performances. Colin Rosenbaum and Stanley each tallied four hits. Eight players drove in a run with six registering multiple RBIs. Kayden Krause, Josh Genthe, and Stanley each drove in three while Matt McGarry, Rosenbaum, Nick Nunziato, each had two RBIs. Belmont Abbey has now scored 43 runs on 37 hits in its past two games.
Nunziato gave the Crusaders an early lead, hammering his fourth home run of the season in the first inning. The two-run homer scored Nick Beinlich, who had walked to lead off the game. The Bulldogs (15-18) answered with a leadoff home run in the bottom half of the first, but that proved to be their only offense for the first seven innigns of the game.
Abbey starter Troy Herterick tossed 3.0 innings, giving up the one run on one hit and no walks to earn his third win of the season.
In the top of the fourth, Kevin Elefante led off with a single before Stanley mashed his third home run of the season, to the opposite field. The Abbey exploded for seven runs in the fifth as McGarry and Stanley each produced RBI singles before Colin Rosenbaum crushed his seventh home run of the year. Kayden Krause and Luke Cureton each singled in a run, stretching the lead to 12-1.
The Crusaders kept the runs coming as the platted four more in the sixth when Genthe recorded his second home run of the season, scoring Stanley, who had tripled off the center field wall. Krause drove in two more runs on a double into the right-center field gap, pushing the lead to 15.
The Bulldogs were able to score three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth but the gap was too great to overcome.
Michael Gonzalez came on in relief, pitching 2.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts. For Wingate, Alex Rodriguez took the loss giving up five runs on seven hits over 3.0 innings.
The Crusaders will host conference opponent and third-teamer Mount Olive for a weekend series. The first game will be Friday at 6 p.m. at Abbey Yard.