MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The No. 16 Belmont Abbey baseball team swept the doubleheader vs No. 6 Mount Olive to capture the series Saturday. The Crusaders compiled 29 runs on 29 hits combined in their two victories winning game one 10-7 and game two 19-6. The Abbey improves to 2-05 on the season with a 9-3 Conference Carolinas record. The Trojans move to 14-6 with a 4-2 league record.
In game one, Belmont Abbey collected 12 hits with Matt McGarry, Colin Rosenbaum, Luke Cureton, and Thomas Yoder all tallied two hits in the contest. Yoder and AJ Hendricks both drove in a pair of runs to lead the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey scored two runs in the first inning off of Yoder's single. Nick Beinlich drove in a run in the second with a ground ball and in the third Jacob Rolly doubled in a run and McGarry hustled an infield single that scored Rolly, giving the Crusaders a 5-0 lead.
Mount Olive responded with six runs in the bottom of the third. The Trojans strung together four hits, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch to take the 6-5 lead. Belmont Abbey responded right away in the fourth pushing across 5 runs to retake the lead.
Josh Genthe worked a bases-loaded walk followed by a Hendricks RBI single before a wild pitch and an error allowed Belmont Abbey to take the 10-6 lead. Mount Olive scored one run in the seventh but it was not enough as Belmont Abbey took game one 10-7.
Sam Luchansky recorded the won for The Abbey, pitching 4.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits, no walks with four strikeouts. Parker MacPhail secured his second save of the year coming in for two outs and striking out two.
Game two the Crusaders displayed their offensive prowess throwing up 19 runs on 17 hits. After giving up three runs in the second, Belmont Abbey scored 10 runs in the fourth to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Abbey compiled seven hits in the inning, four home runs, as 14 Crusaders at the plate. Rosenbaum crushed a two-run homer down the left-field line, Kevin Elefante laced an RBI single, and Genthe drove in two with his bomb over the right-field line. Nick Beinlich launched a grand slam in his second at-bat of the inning and Cureton smashed a solo home run for the 10th run of the frame.
The Crusaders plated five more runs in the fifth as McGarry knocked a bases-loaded triple, later scoring on Beinlich's ground ball. Yoder singled through the left side to score Cureton, pushing the Crusader's lead to 15-3.
Mount Olive scored twice in the fifth with the big blow coming from a home run from Estes. The Trojans scored again the sixth to cut into the Crusader's lead but The Abbey scored four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Genthe worked a bases-loaded walk, Rolly drove in a run with a single, and Hendricks drove in two with a single to left.
Five Crusaders recorded multi-hit performances with McGarry and Rolly each tallying three knocks. Beinlich lead the team with five RBI followed by Genthe and McGarry's three.
Blake Waldren recorded his third win of the year with his six innings of six-run, eight hit, one walk and five strikeout ball.
The Crusaders will host Carson-Newman Tuesday at Abbey Yard at 4 p.m.