GREENVILLE, TN. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team erupted for 10 runs in their 10-4 win over Tusculum, Thursday night. The Crusader collected 10 hits including home runs by Nick Beinlich and Thomas Yoder. Cameron Busby tossed seven innings for his second win of the season, as The Abbey improves to 4-1 on the year. The Pioneers move to 2-3.
Belmont Abbey opened the scoring up in the third inning when Matt McGarry scored on a wild pitch, Yoder laced an RBI double, and Josh Genthe tripled to right-center, driving in a run. Tusculum answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, managing four hits before Busby got out of a bases-loaded jam with a ground ball.
The Crusaders platted three more in the sixth, taking advantage of a Tusculum error and wild pitch. The Pioneers tacked on another run in the seventh after a hit-by-pitch and RBI single by Montgomery, but the Crusaders closed the door to a potential rally as Beinlich threw out Montgomery trying to stretch a single into a double.
Belmont Abbey held a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning before Beinlich launched his first home run of the season into left-center field. Luke Cureton tripled in a run and Yoder's first home run of the year landed beyond the center-field fence giving The Abbey the 10-3 advantage. Tusculum was able to scratch a run in the bottom half of the ninth but Parker MacPhail shut the door to record his first save of the year. MacPhail tossed two innings of relief striking out six.
The Crusaders continue their three game set with Tusculum with a doubleheader Friday beginning at 2 p.m.