BELMONT, N.C. – The No. 2 Belmont Abbey Baseball team erupted for 15 hits and 14 runs in their 30th victory of the season Thursday. The Crusaders defeated Winston-Salem State 14-2 at Abbey Yard as they improve to 30-7 on the year. The Rams move to 18-13.
Four Crusaders recorded multi-hit games with Matt McGarry and Thomas Yoder each tallying three hits. Colin Rosenbaum and Jakob Rolly both had three hits with Rosenbaum driving in a team-high four runs. Ryan Jones recorded the first hit of his career with a single in the seventh inning.
The Abbey scored four runs in the first as Rosenbaum and Josh Genthe each had RBI singles and Rolly drove in two with a double. Yoder's two-RBI single in the second innings pushed the Crusader lead to 6-0. The Rams managed a run in the third when R. Norris poked an RBI single through the right side. Belmont Abbey tacked on four more in the third after A.J. Hendricks stroked an RBI single, Nick Beinlich and Rosenbaum worked bases-loaded walks. McGarry scored on a wild pitch brought the run total to 10.
In the fifth, Rosenbaum sent his fourth home run of the season down the right-field line to increase the lead to 11. Adam Overcash sent a single into center, in the eighth that enabled Ian Mayers and Adam Arcadia to score plating the Crusaders 13th and 14th runs. After the Rams pushed a run across in the ninth the final score settled at 14-2.
The Abbey pitching staff only allowed four hits in the ballgame as Griffin Baker's 5.0 innings of two hits, one run, two walks, and four stakeouts earned him his third win of the year. Michael Gonzalez, Robert Ftrantzis, Alex Nodarse, and Joe Cooney all made relief appearances in the Abbey win.
The Crusaders will have the weekend off before traveling to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on Lincoln Memorial Wednesday at P.M.