The Belmont Abbey baseball team scored eight unanswered runs after trailing 5-3 in the fourth inning as the Crusaders gave first year head coach Chris Anderson his first career win with an 11-5 triumph over the visiting Mars Hill Lions this afternoon at Abbey Yard. Belmont Abbey improves to 1-3, while the Lions remain winless at 0-4.
The Crusaders led 3-2 after one as senior catcher Michael Falsetti blasted his first homer of the year, a towering shot to left, but the Lions tacked on two more in the top of the second on a pair of RBI singles.
Mars Hill extended its lead to 5-3 in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Tommy Scala, but the Lions did not score again.
After Kennan Stanley's solo homer in the bottom of the fourth cut the deficit to 5-4, the Crusaders stormed ahead for good one inning later, scoring three times after the first two batters were retired.
Ian Vazquez doubled down the leftfield line, moved to third on a passed ball and tied the game on a wild pitch.
Falsetti followed with a bloop double and Anthony Dimino walked, and both men scored on Weston Clarke's single to center. Dimino scored from first when Scala threw to an uncovered third base, allowing Dimino to score on the throwing error without breaking stride to move the Crusaders ahead 7-5.
Belmont Abbey scored two more in the sixth as Vazquez again powered the Abbey's offense, as his RBI single down the rightfield line scored Connor Kwalwasser, who was hit by a pitch earlier. Vazquez and Lorenzo Wright then executed a perfect double steal, with Vazquez nabbing second and Wright stealing home on the throw.
In the seventh the Abbey closed the scoring on Stanley's double that allowed Clarke to score without a throw and Jon Pilla's sacrifice fly to left was deep enough to bring home Levi Wright for the game's final run.
The Crusaders rapped out eight hits with four players-Lorenzo Wright, Vazquez, Falsetti and Stanley-each recording two. Falsetti drove in three runs with Stanley bringing home a pair. Five of the Abbey's eight hits went for extra bases.
Tyler Byrnes, the second of six Abbey hurlers, was credited with the win after allowing one run on three hits in three innings, striking out one.
Kevin Searcy, the second of seven Lions pitchers, gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits in five innings. He struck out three.