GREENSBORO, N.C. – The third-seeded Belmont Abbey Crusaders exploded for 22 runs on 20 hits to defeat the second-seeded North Greenville Crusaders Saturday morning in the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament. After Belmont Abbey won the game 22-12, they advanced to face the only other unbeaten team in the tournament, the Pfeiffer Falcons.
The Abbey was led by an offensive charge that saw seven Abbey Crusaders tally multi-hit games with Colin Rosenbaum, Kennan Stanley, Josh Genthe, and Kayden Krause all recording three hits apiece. Nick Beinlich, Nick Nunziato, and Thomas Yoder each had a pair of hits with Genthe and Yoder driving in three runs each.
Belmont Abbey opened up the scoring in the first when Nunziato laced a double into the left-centerfield gap to score Matt McGarry and Beinlich. North Greenville was able to hit an RBI double of their own in the bottom half of the first.
Stanley lead off the second with a single and later scored on Krause's double to right center. Yoder and Beinlich then crushed back-to-back home runs to give BAC the 6-1 advantage after two innings.
NGU answered in the bottom of the second as they scored six runs on five hits to take their first lead of the game. That lead would not stand for very long as The Abbey tied the game with Genthe's RBI double and took the lead when Genthe would score on a passed ball. North Greenville would then tie the game up in the bottom half with two singles as the game would enter the fourth tied at seven.
In the fourth, the Crusaders would score two runs, taking advantage of a few North Greenville miscues. In the bottom half of the fourth, Robert Frantzis threw up the first zero as he did not allow a run as he started his relief appearance.
The scoring calmed down in the fifth and sixth innings but kicked back up in the seventh when Belmont Abbey scored six runs on four hits. Stanley launched his second home run of the tournament before Rosenbaum came through with a bases loaded doubled. Cureton was able to drive in a run and Genthe collected his second RBI of the game, driving The Abbey's lead to 16-8.
North Greenville was able to scratch one back in the bottom of the seventh off a pair of hits. Belmont Abbey pushed another run across in the eighth off an error and NGU scored three runs in their half of the inning, all with one swing, a homer to right center.
BAC added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth utilizing's Genthe's RBI triple, Stanley's RBI single, Yoder's SAC fly, and Beinlich's RBI single.
Frantzis earned the win, his fourth of the year, going 5.1 innings allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.
Belmont Abbey advanced to face Pfieffer in the game between the two remaining undefeated teams for a chance to advance straight to the championship game.