The Belmont Abbey baseball team rapped out 16 hits in two games as the Crusaders swept both games of a doubleheader at Lenoir-Rhyne this afternoon. Belmont Abbey won the opener 7-4 and earned a 4-2 win in the nightcap to improve its record to 10-15. The Bears drop to 5-19.
In the opener, freshman Aaron Rumburg went the distance, striking out ten, walking one and surrendering four runs as the Crusaders scored the last three runs of the game to break a 4-4 tie.
The lead did not last long, as the Bears plated three in the bottom of the frame on one swing of the bat. Ivan Vieitez clouted a three run shot to pull the game to a 4-4 stalemate.
Those would be the last Lenoir-Rhyne runs of the frame as the Crusaders scored three unanswered, starting in the top of the fourth on Anthony Dimino's RBI single to right that chased home Craig Zalewa.
In the sixth, Krause stretched the lead to 6-4 with his first career homer, a solo shot to left.
Wright closed the scoring in the seventh as he recorded his second RBI of the game, a single to left that plated Clarke.
Rumburg improved to 2-1 as he posted his second-straight victory in as many starts. Jake Chisum took the loss as he allowed a run on two hits in two thirds of an inning.
Krause, Dimino and Wright each had two hits as the Abbey totaled nine.
In game two, Wright kept his hot bat alive as he staked the Abbey to a 2-0 lead in the first, lacing a single down the leftfield line that scored Kwalwasser and Krause.
The lead grew to 3-0 two innings later on Zalewa's infield single that chased home Jon Pilla.
Lenoir-Rhyne pulled one back in the fourth and added another in the fifth to trim the deficit to 3-2, but Zalewa pushed it back to two runs with an RBI single to center, scoring Clarke with the game's final run.
Kyle Rogers, the second of six Abbey pitchers, was credited with the victory after allowing just one hit over a scoreless third inning, striking out one. Cody Stull allowed a hit in the ninth but the runner was left stranded as he earned the save. He fanned one. Bears starter Byron Sherrill allowed two runs on three hits in two thirds of an inning, striking out a pair and walking one.
Krause and Zalewa both recorded two of the Abbey's seven hits. Wright and Zalewa each drove in two.