Crusaders Sweep the SIAC Champs

Crusaders Sweep the SIAC Champs

BIRMINGHAM, AL, - The Belmont Abbey baseball team swept Miles College in a doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Lawson State Community College. The Crusaders captured the first game 15-8 and the second contest 5-4. With the sweep, The Abbey improves to 37-17 entering selection Sunday, awaiting the final Southeast Regional rankings.

On the day, Kennan Stanley led the Crusaders with four hits and two runs batted in. Nick Beinlich and Jakob Rolly each tallied three hits with Rolly driving in five runs. Josh Genthe and Colin Rosenbaum each recorded three RBI apiece.

Game one started with a bang as the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Nick Beinlich, launched his 22nd home run of the season. The Abbey tacked on five more runs in the second after scoring on a wild pitch and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch, Rolly's double cleared the bases to put the Crusaders on top 6-0.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions answered with three runs in the bottom half of the second scoring on four consecutive hits.

Belmont Abbey added another run in the third when Stanley was able to score on a wild pitch.  Miles answered with a run in the bottom of the third benefitting from a bases loaded walk.

The Abbey pushed across four runs in the fifth as Stanley and Beinlich ripped an RBI singles and Josh Genthe laced a double that scored Beinlich. Belmont Abbey added insurance in the top of the seventh scoring four more runs including Rosenbaum's sacrifice fly and Stanley's second RBI single of the game.

The Golden Bears mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh plating four runs with one swing of the bat from Kolby Brannon, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Robert Frantzis earned his fifth win of the year going 3.1 innings, not allowing a run on one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts.

The second game was a pitcher's duel as Abbey starter Blake Waldren and Miles starter Christopher Elias each went 5.0 innings. Waldren did not allow a run and only three hits to go along with his seven strikeouts and no walks.

Genthe opened up the scoring in the fifth inning when he doubled in Matt McGarry and Thomas Yoder, who each singled in the inning. Rolly then singled in Beinlich and Genthe, giving The Abbey a 4-0 advantage.

Miles was able to tie the game up in the sixth after four singles and a walk allowed four runs to score.

In the seventh, the Crusaders were able to manufacture the winning run as Beinlich led off the inning with a single. Genthe bunted Beinlich over to second who promptly stole third, then allowing Rosenbaum to produce a sac fly, giving the lead back to the Abbey.

Cameron Busby was awarded his eighth win of the year throwing the final 2.0 innings only allowing two hits.

Belmont Abbey will await the final Southeast Region rankings that will be announced Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. on ( The Crusaders are currently ranked seventh in the region with the top seven teams competing in the Southeast Regional Tournament.