Belmont Abbey offense key in Crusaders' winApril 12, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Belmont Abbey, the newly-minted seventh-ranked team in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and the No. 1 team in the Southeast Region, secured a 35-3 win over Brevard in nonconference action at Gil Coan Field Tuesday.
The Crusaders (31-8-1) looked every bit of a top-10 team, notching 30 hits, including 17 for extra bases. Despite the dominant performance by Belmont Abbey, Brevard’s (13-31) Schuyler Martire provided offensive fireworks of his own. The junior college transfer had his second three-hit game of the season to raise his batting average by 18 percentage points.
Martire has now hit .542 (13-for-24) in his last six games dating back to a 4-for-4 performance against Catawba on April 2. He provided two of the Tornados’ three RBI’s on the day, has recorded at least two hits in five of six contests, and is now fourth on the team with a .327 batting average.
The Crusaders opened the contest with 10 runs on nine hits in the first inning and scored at least a run in all but the second frame. Belmont Abbey had seven players record multiple hits in the contest, including 13 hits from the combination of shortstop Colin Rosenbaum and right fielder Nick Beinlich.
Brevard chipped into the lead with a run in the fifth on a single through the left side by Martire with runners on first and second. The throw beat Christian Dix to the plate, but the hustling Dix was able to slide around the tag from catcher Kevin Elefante for the first run of the game.
Martire’s RBI double down the left field line gave Brevard its second run two innings later, while junior college transfer catcher C.J. Cressman notched his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly to give Brevard its second run of the frame.
Starter Tyler Timms was saddled with the loss and was the first of eight Tornados to see the mound. Belmont Abbey’s Matt Davenport earned the win with a one-run, four-hit performance that covered 5.0 innings.
Brevard returns to action tomorrow against Limestone in the team’s final home game of the season. Senior Day festivities honoring the team’s 13 fourth-year players will begin at approximately 2:40 p.m., with first pitch slated for 3:00.