BELMONT, N.C. – Four Belmont Abbey Crusaders homered in the two games against North Greenville in Abbey Yard as the Crusaders split the doubleheader. North Greenville took game one 9-5 and Belmont Abbey took game two 12-4. The No. 3 Crusaders are now 17-4 and 7-2 in Conference Carolinas. North Greenville is now 14-4, and 5-1 in conference play.
North Greenville jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game one as Jeffrey Chandler hit a three-run homer in the fourth. Josh Genthe and Luke Cureton hit back-to-back homers bringing The Abbey within one before Nick Beinlich crushed his fourth home run of the season giving Belmont Abbey a 5-4 lead.
North Greenville was able to score three runs on the fifth and two in the seventh to seal the deal and secure the 9-5 win.
North Greenville starter Ethan Garner earned his third win of the year and Kipp Rollings was credited with his first save. Belmont Abbey starter Jeff Thompson was slatted with the loss.
Game two started as a defensive effort with no runs in the first three innings. North Greenville opened up the scoring three runs in the fourth utilizing four hits. The Abbey managed a run in the bottom half of the fourth as Jakob Roll's ground ball scored Luke Cureton and another run in the fifth.
Robert Lathrop put The Abbey on top in the sixth with a two-run home run to right-center. North Greenville tied the game up in the seventh with an RBI double which rounded out the scoring for North Greenville.
In the bottom of the eighth Belmont Abbey busted the game wide open scoring eight runs on four hits and four walks. Beinlich gave The Abbey the lead with a bases-loaded single which started the carousel. Colin Rosenbaum added an RBI single, Thomas Yoder copied Rosenbaum and Cureton was hit by a pitch which also plated a run. A.J. Hendricks doubled down the right-field line clearing the bases and bringing the run total to 12.
Drew Goodman earned his first win of the season in his 1.2 innings pitched. Avery Greer was given the loss, his first of the year.
Belmont Abbey will play Wednesday against Wingate at 5 p.m.