BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey College baseball squad scored 13 runs over three innings to pick up a 17-10 victory over visiting Armstrong State College on Wednesday evening at Abbey Yard in Belmont, N.C.
The Crusaders improved to 15-11 overall with the win, while Armstrong State fell to 13-10 with the loss, the seventh straight for the Pirates. Armstrong State will try to halt its losing streak on Monday, traveling to Sumter, S.C., to take on No. 5 Mount Olive in a 5:00 p.m. neutral site contest.
Belmont Abbey got on the board first in the second inning, with a two-run home run by Matt McGarry putting the Crusaders up 2-0.
A bases-loaded walk issued to Josh Genthe gave Belmont Abbey a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the Pirates put up a six-run fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead - thanks to a two-run double from Zack Goble, an error, a wild pitch and an RBI single from Chandler Corley.
The Crusaders picked up a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Nick Nunziato, but the Pirates picked the run back up in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Caleb Slaughter.
Belmont Abbey took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single by Nunziato. The Crusaders tacked on four more runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to build a 17-7 lead.
Sam Luchansky (1-2) picked up the win in relief for the Crusaders, pitching 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief with two strikeouts. Caleb Woods (0-2) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up two hits and five runs - one earned - in 1 2/3 innings of work, walking three.
Senior Ryan Patterson had three hits and three runs scored for the Pirates, while Corley and Mike Warren had two hits apiece. Nunziato and Kayden Krause each had two hits and three RBI for the Crusaders.