Belmont, NC – Southern Wesleyan dropped a heartbreaker to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in a 13-4 final on Friday evening.
The Warriors recorded nine hits in the loss to the Crusaders. Three Warriors posted two hits apiece with Bryson Fowler recording the lone double of the afternoon. Sean Sutay, Julio Justo and Quinton Bent all had RBIs during the loss. Timo Schau led the Warriors with three of the six walks. Aaron Bennett started game one of the three game series, pitching 4.2 innings while striking out five batters. Josh Core followed him with 2.2 innings pitched while striking out five and allowing four hits.
Final: Belmont Abbey 13, Southern Wesleyan 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (12-16 / CC 4-8) Belmont Abbey (13-18 / CC 5-9)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan attacked early at Abbey Yard to take a 2-0 lead. Timo Schau led off the first inning with a walk and then advanced to third on a single to right field by Jarred Jones. With Schau and Jones on the corners, Julio Justo grounded out to second place to bring Schau in. Quinton Bent followed with a single to left field to allow Jones to come in and put the Warriors on top 2-0.
Belmont Abbey countered in the bottom of the first, however the Warriors regained their two run advantage in the top of the second inning. Bryson Fowler led off with a walk and advanced to second as Timo Schau walked. With two on, Sean Sutay singled to bring Fowler in and put Southern Wesleyan on top 3-1.
Runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings allowed the Crusaders to tie the game 3-3. Belmont Abbey continued to threaten in the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs. However, Aaron Bennett got Dabney to fly out into a double play, and then Josh Core came in and forced Rhame to fly out to Ty King Richards to get the Warriors out of the inning.
Southern Wesleyan continued to threaten, leaving several runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings. The Warriors would not let up, taking the lead in the top of the eighth inning. With one out, Bryson Fowler doubled to right center and then advanced to third on a passed ball. With Fowler ninety feet from home plate, a wild pitch to Timo Schau allowed the Warriors' catcher to come in to put Southern Wesleyan ahead 4-3.
The Crusaders countered in the bottom of the eighth inning, putting 10 runs on the board to take a 13-4 run advantage and win the game.
Southern Wesleyan will continue the three game series against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on March 23 at 1 and 4 p.m. They will then remain on the road as they travel to Dahlonega, GA to take on the North Georgia Nighthawks.