BELMONT, N.C. – Josh Genthe went 4-for-4 with five RBI to lead the No. 13 Crusaders to a 15-9 victory over Carson-Newman. Belmont Abbey collected 16 hits en route to their 21st win of the season (21-5). The Eagles are now 14-9. Six Crusaders recorded multi-hit games with three driving in multiple runs.
Carson-Newman jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning. The Crusaders responded immediately in the bottom of the third off Luke Cureton's sac fly, Thomas Yoder's ground ball and Genthe's RBI double.
Belmont Abbey took the lead in the second when Nick Beinlich worked a bases-loaded walk. The Eagles retook the lead in the third with a two-run home run by Colby Morgan. The Abbey tied the game at five in the bottom of the third on a throwing error. The Eagles again took the lead in the fourth with a two-out RBI single. Belmont Abbey took the lead back in the bottom half of the fourth when Luke Cureton crushed his nation-leading 16th double, scoring Matt McGarry. Yoder drove in a run with a ground ball and Genthe laced another RBI double to give The Abbey an 8-6 lead.
The Crusaders pulled away in the fifth plating six runs on six hits. Rosenbaum registered an RBI single, Yoder was hit by a pitch, and Genthe cleared the bases with a double. Kevin Elefante added an RBI single pushing their lead to 14-6. Cureton padded the lead in the sixth driving in a run with a ground ball.
Carson-Newman scored three more runs in the contest but was not able to overcome the deficit.
Sam Luchansky was credited with the win, his fifth of the year. The Crusaders used six different pitchers in the game.
The Crusaders will begin a Conference Carolinas series Friday at Limestone at 6 p.m.