Crusaders Swept By Belmont Abbey
Tigerville, SC – Belmont Abbey completed a three-game sweep of North Greenville University, taking game one 11-3 and game two with an 8-0 no-hitter in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader at Ashmore Field.
In game one, Belmont scored a run in the first inning on a solo home run before North Greenville quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning when junior Allen Staton hit an RBI single in his first at-bat after a 14-game absence due to injury.
Abbey went ahead 2-1 in the top of the 3rd on another solo home run before adding five runs to their total in the 4th as they were able to take advantage of North Greenville’s pitching and fielding woes for a 7-1 lead.
NGU used a two-run home run from freshman Chuck Lawing in the 4th to make the count 7-3 in favor of Belmont until Abbey added three runs in the 6th and one more in the 7th to secure an 11-3 victory.
Freshman Shane Bishop suffered the loss after pitching four innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts, while sophomore Cuyler McAuliffe allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with four strikeouts in three innings of relief.
Lawing finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI as sophomore Foley George was also 2-for-3 with a run scored. Staton finished 1-for-3 with an RBI of his own in his return to the diamond.
Game two was controlled by Belmont Abbey from the beginning as freshman Aaron Rumberg pitched a no-hitter with the only blemish coming in the 9th inning when he hit freshman Colton Grant with a pitch.
Abbey used five extra base hits, four doubles and a three-run home run, to seal an 8-0 shutout of North Greenville.
Freshman Zach Smith took the loss in game two after allowing six runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts in five innings of work. Junior Stewart Hunt finished the final four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts.
The Crusaders (7-29, 2-13 Conference Carolinas) will be back in action on Tuesday, April 8 when they host Brevard College at 6:30 p.m. in Tigerville.