DUE WEST, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey baseball team swept the Erskine Flying Fleet in their last conference series to improve to 30-15 on the year and 19-8 in conference play to secure the three seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament next weekend. Erskine drops to 25-21 on the year and 13-14 in conference to take the fifth seed.
On the day, Colin Rosenbaum, Josh Genthe, Kenna Stanley, and Nick Nunziato all had multi-hit performances. Nick Beinlich and Rosenbaum both had two RBI on the day and Nunziato drove in three total runs. Five of the Crusader's 13 hits were home runs.
Game one was a pitcher's duel through the first three innings. Abbey starter Troy Herterick allowed only five hits in the three innings, not surrendering a walk or run. Erskine starter Alex Calvert allowed only one base runner in the first three frames.
Belmont Abbey broke the scoring open in the fourth when Rosenbaum and Nunziato hit back-to-back home runs to center field. The Crusaders added another run in the sixth when Stanley hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Rosenbaum.
Erskine put two runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth benefitting from a two-run homer off the bat of Chaz Davey.
The Crusaders added three insurance runs in the seventh when Krause and Jakob Rolly launched back-to-back dingers to left field. The blasts were Krause's 11th of the season and Rolly's fourth. Sam Luchansky earned his third win tossing 2.0 perfect innings.
Game two opened up with Erskine striking as the Flying Fleet put a couple of singles together to take a 1-0 lead. Belmont Abbey struck back in the third to take a 2-1 lead when Beinlich crushed his 19th home run of the season. Erskine tied the game up in the fourth after a single, double, and sacrifice fly.
The next three innings belonged to the pitchers as neither team could manage a run. Each team only managed one runner in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Abbey starter Blake Waldren went 8.0 innings allowing just two runs on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
The Crusaders broke the tie in the eighth when Nunziato laced a two RBI single that scored Beinlich and Thomas Yoder.
Brady Hill came in to earn his sixth save of the season. Waldren recorded his sixth win of the season.
Belmont Abbey will face Barton Thursday in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. They will play at 11:00 a.m. in Burlington, N.C.