BRISTOL, TENN. – The No. 5 Belmont Abbey baseball team swept the Conference Carolinas doubleheader at King Friday taking game one 9-4 and game two 5-3. With the two victories, the Crusaders improve to 26-5 with a 14-3 Conference Carolinas record. King moves to 16-11 and 6-8 in league play.
The Abbey exploded in game one with six first-inning runs coming from RBI singles from Colin Rosenbaum and Josh Genthe, and RBI doubles from Luke Cureton and Kevin Elefante. Cureton added his eighth home run of the year in the second to pad the Crusader lead to 7-0.
King struck back in the second as Bubba Ruiz notched an RBI double. In the third Kevin Barbato platted a run with a single and Tony Valdes doubled in two runs to cut the lead to 7-4.
Nick Beinlich added some insurance in the sixth with a two-RBI double to settle on the final score 9-4.
Cameron Busby recorded his seventh win of the year in his 7.2 innings of work. Busby allowed four runs on eight hits, one walk, striking out six. Brady Hill came on in relief to get the final four outs.
Game two was scheduled for seven innings but took The Abbey eight to capture the win.
The game was locked at a scoreless draw until the fifth when AJ Hendricks launched his second home run of the year over the right-field wall to give the Crusaders the 2-0 lead. Genthe crushed an RBI double in the sixth the push the lead to 3-0.
King came back and tied the game in the bottom of the last frame as Hunter Barbour worked an RBI single and another run was able to score on a Crusader miscue. Tyler Bailey sent the game into extras as his two-out singled scored the tying run.
Beinlich walked to lead off the eighth immediately followed by a booming triple by Rosenbaum, putting The Abbey back on top. Rosenbaum was able to score on a wild pitch to add some insurance to the Crusader victory.
Jeff Thompson started on the mound for the Crusaders pitching 5.0 innings not allowing a run or walk with three hits and four strikeouts. Parker MacPhail was credited with the victory in his inning of relief.
Belmont Abbey will look to complete the sweep of King as they play the third game of the series Saturday at 12 noon.