TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The fifth-seeded Belmont Abbey baseball team defeated the eighth-seeded Chowan Hawks in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament Wednesday. The Crusaders (25-22) outscored the Hawks (12-25-1) 9-3 to advance in the tournament hosted by North Greenville.
The Abbey scored six runs in the third inning and added three runs in the eighth.
Ben Gobbel and Aehlert both crushed home runs for the Crusaders.
Sam High pitched 8.0 innings striking out eight.
Jason White pitched the ninth and fanned two.
The Crusaders will face the number two seed Barton Thursday at 3 PM in Tigerville.