Rolly, Yoder Power Crusaders Past Lincoln Memorial

Rolly, Yoder Power Crusaders Past Lincoln Memorial

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Thomas Yoder and Jakob Rolly each homered twice and Sam Luchansky pitched shutout baseball into the sixth inning, helping No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey to a 15-3 victory over seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial Friday night in a winner's bracket game of the 2018 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.

The Crusaders (39-12) will face No. 4 Columbus State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for a spot in Monday's championship round.

Yoder finished the game 4-for-5 with seven runs batted in, while six others tallied two hits. As a team, The Abbey outhit Lincoln Memorial (36-20) 17 to 6.

Belmont Abbey jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a home run to left by Rolly. The teams were in the bottom of that inning when lightning, then rain, forced a delay of two hours and 15 minutes, but the Crusaders did not miss a beat. Luchansky, who started for The Abbey, returned to the mound for the final out of the inning, then The Abbey struck for six runs in the third to take control.

Nick Beinlich led off with a double before Colin Rosenbaum walked. After Beinlich stole third, a walk to Luke Cureton loaded the bases, setting up Yoder for The Abbey's fifth grand slam of the season. A pitching change did not deter Josh Genthe, who walked, and Rolly, who homered one out later to put the Crusaders up 7-0.

Belmont Abbey added two more in the sixth on Yoder's 14th home run of the season and second of the contest. He brought in Rosenbaum, who walked to lead off the frame. Lincoln Memorial finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth after the first five batters reached safely on a single, walk, RBI double, walk and bases-loaded walk. Luchansky buckled down to strike out the next two batters before Parker MacPhail made his second relief appearance in as many days. He ended the threat with a strikeout of his own, leaving the bases full of Railsplitters.

The Crusaders pushed the lead back to double digits, 12-2, with three in the seventh. They loaded the bases after walks by Robert Lathrop and Beinlich around Matt McGarry being hit by a pitch. A wild pitch on a strikeout brought home a run, then another wild pitch allowed another score. Beinlich scored on a dropped fly in the outfield, although an out at the plate ended the inning and prevented more damage.

The Abbey capped the scoring with three runs in the ninth on RBI doubles by Rosenbaum and Yoder and an RBI single by Genthe. The Railsplitters countered with a run on bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the ninth for the final tally.

Luchansky (9-1) scattered six hits and five walks over 5.2 innings. He allowed just two runs, while striking out five. MacPhail and Beck Way combined to allow just one run over 3.1 innings of relief, walking one while striking out five.

Starter Matt Mullenbach, the first of six Lincoln Memorial pitchers in the contest, took the loss to fall to 7-3. He allowed five runs in two-plus innings.

Including the rain delay, the contest lasted six hours and 23 minutes, ending at 1:23 Saturday morning.