BELMONT, N.C. – The No. 5 Belmont Abbey baseball team cruised to their 27th victory of the season, ninth in a row, with a 7-2 win over Lander. The Crusaders (27-5) are ranked first in the Southeast region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Three Crusaders worked a multi-hit game led by Thomas Yoder's three-for-five performance. Six different players drove in runs and seven different players scored.
Belmont Abbey took the lead in the first as they started off the bottom of the first with back-to-back hits from Matt McGarry and Nick Beinlich. Lander (10-19) was able to take the lead in the second taking advantage of a throwing error and a base hit. The Bearcats held on to the 2-1 lead until the fifth when The Abbey retook the lead scoring six runs in the frame.
Colin Rosenbaum led off the inning with his third home run of the season. Luke Cureton and Yoder each singled and Josh Genthe doubled down the right-field line to plate a run. Kevin Elefante drove a run in with a ground ball and after a Lander miscue that allowed a run to score, Robert Lathrop singled in Jakob Rolly. McGarry hit a ground ball to score Lathrop and seal the victory for Belmont Abbey.
Sam Luchansky recorded his sixth win of the season throwing 4.1 innings not allowing a run or walk on three hits and two strikeouts. Ryan Troutman took the loss, in the contest, for Lander.
Belmont Abbey will travel to Winston-Salem State tomorrow to take on the Rams at 6 p.m.