BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team grabbed their third win of the season, by a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth inning beating the Catawba Indians 6-5. Colin Rosenbaum came through with a bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run. The Crusaders are now 3-1 on the young season as Catawba moves to 0-5.
The contest was evenly matched as both teams shared the lead throughout the contest. Catawba jumped out to the first lead of the ballgame in the third inning, benefitting from a sacrifice fly by Luke Setzer. The Abbey answered in the fourth with two runs, when Josh Genthe singled into right field to score Thomas Yoder and Rosenbaum.
The Indians regained the lead in the fifth with another Setzer RBI. Following another sac fly, Catawba lead 4-2. The Indians added an insurance run in the seventh to close out their scoring.
The Abbey chipped away at the lead by scoring in the eighth with a sac fly from Luke Cureton. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning the Crusader trailed 5-3. The Crusader rally began when Derrick Dabney lead off with a single. Jakob Rolly reached on an error and AJ Hendricks singled to load the bases. Nick Beinlich doubled down the left-field line, driving in two runs to tie the game. After Matt McGarry was intentionally walked, Rosenbaum drove a line shot up the middle to score Hendricks and win the game.
Belmont Abbey used eight pitchers on the night with Brady Hill getting credit for the win.
The Crusaders will travel to Tusculum for a three-game series beginning on Thursday.