No. 14 Crusaders Score 19 in Win vs Barton

No. 14 Crusaders  Score 19 in Win vs Barton

BELMONT, N.C. – The No. 14 Belmont Abbey Crusaders captured the first game of the weekend's Conference Carolinas series with Barton with a 19-3 victory Friday night. The 19 run mark has been touched by the Crusaders three times this season, as they captured their 32nd win of the year. Belmont Abbey (32-8) improves to 15-3 in Conference Carolinas play. Barton (11-31) is now 3-15 in the league.

The Abbey put up seven runs in the first inning on four hits, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch. The biggest blows coming from two-run doubles by both AJ Hendricks and Matt McGarry. Nick Beinlich homered in the second before Belmont Abbey tacked on four runs in the fourth to push a 12-1 lead. Colin Rosenbaum lifted a sac fly to score Beinlich and Thomas Yoder crushed his ninth home run of the year.

Belmont Abbey added five more runs in the sixth when Luke Cureton laced an RBI single to left and Kevin Elefante blasted a grand slam over the right-center field wall.

The Abbey was able to add runs in the seventh and eighth when Adam Arcadia scored on a wild pitch and Drew Sipp scored on a Bulldog error.

Barton scored in the second, sixth, and ninth.

Beinlich leads the Crusader offense with a 3-for-3 performance followed by two-hit games by McGarry and Yoder.

Cameron Busby earned his eighth win of the year tossing 7.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. Busby struck out a career-high 12 batters in the contest.

Belmont Abbey looks to increase the win column tomorrow as they complete the series vs Barton with a doubleheader beginning at 1 P.M. at Abbey Yard.