BELMONT, N.C. – In the bottom of the extra frame in game two, Luke Cureton's 22nd double of the year, which leads the country, drove in Colin Rosenbaum to walk off against Lee. The second-ranked Crusaders came back after dropping game one and trailing going into the bottom of the eighth to rally for the win. No. 2 Belmont Abbey is now 29-7 and Lee is 20-16. Both games were scheduled for seven-inning affairs.
Lee captured game on in the first inning when Spencer Mossburg was able to barrel a ball over the right-center field wall for a grand slam. The Abbey was never able to match those four runs as they plated three in the third when Rosenbaum recorded and RBI single and layer came around to score with Nick Beinlich on wild pitches.
Jeff Thompson took his third loss of the year and Jay Prior recorded his first win of the year.
Game two started out in The Abbey's favor when the Crusaders were able to score a run in the first off Beinlich's RBI ground ball. Lee answered in the second when Justen Freeman notched an RBI double. Josh Genthe put Belmont Abbey back on top in the bottom half of the second with his eighth home run of the year. Thomas Yoder added to the lead in the fourth with his eighth homer of the year, giving The Abbey a 3-1 advantage.
Lee cut into the lead in the fourth when Tyler Payne worked a bases-loaded walk and the Flames tied it up in the fifth when Mossburg lofted a sac fly into left. Lee took the lead in the eighth, taking advantage of a Crusaders miscue and The Abbey was headed to the bottom of the eighth down to their last three outs.
AJ Hendricks worked a long count to open up the frame before lining a single up the middle. Hendricks then advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. After a groundout and strikeout, Belmont Abbey found themselves one out away from a sweep and three-game losing streak. But Rosenbaum with two strikes, raked a double down the left-field line to tie the game at four. Cureton then showed why he leads the country in doubles and crushed a double of his own into the left-center field gap to score Rosenbaum and win the game.
Belmont Abbey will host Winston-Salem State tomorrow at Abbey Yard for a 6 PM first pitch.