BELMONT, N.C. – The King University baseball team completed their first Conference Carolinas series on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado dropped game one by a score of 9-3 and took game two by a score of 7-4.
FINAL SCORE: Belmont Abbey 9, King 3; King 7, Belmont Abbey 4
LOCATION: Abbey Yard; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 8-6, 1-2 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 9-8, 4-2 Conference Carolinas
- Marcus Schreiber was 2-for-6 in the two games with a run scored, a walk, two doubles, and an RBI.
- Anthony Hunt had a stellar game two, going 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and a double.
- Starter Octavio Mirabal pitched seven innings in game two to gain his fourth win in four starts and Mitch Stophel got the save, pitching two innings with five strikeouts.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- Belmont Abbey got on the board in the bottom of first when Nick Beinlich scored on a wild pitch, having reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning.
- King struck back with two runs in the top of the second to take the lead 2-1, J.P. Castaneda and Austin Dayton scoring on a fielding error by the catcher.
- The Crusaders knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second when Kennah Stanley singled to third base, scoring Thomas Yoder who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
- Two more runs by Belmont Abbey in the bottom of the third occurred when Kayden Krause hit a two-run home run, scoring Rosenbaum who was hit by a pitch to start the inning, taking the lead 4-2.
- The Tornado edged closer 4-3 with a run in the top of the fifth when Schreiber doubled to right center to start the inning and scored on an error by the second basemen later in the inning.
- A four spot by the Crusaders in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a Krause solo home run was enough for the home team to win, holding the Tornado scoreless in the last two innings to win game one 9-3.
Winning Pitcher: Cameron Busby (2-1) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Losing Pitcher: Brandon Leonard (1-1) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- King struck first in the top of the first when Douglas singled to center field, driving in Braden Cook who had walked earlier in the inning. Hunt later hit a two-run singled to left center, driving in Dayton who had singled to right field previously in the inning and Douglas, making the score 3-0.
- Belmont Abbey scored a run in the bottom of the first when Beinlich hit a solo home run to left field to cut into the lead 3-1.
- The Tornado tacked on another run in the top of the second when Tyler Bailey scored on a passed ball, who had walked to start the inning to extend the lead back to three runs 4-1.
- Another single run in the bottom of the second made the score 4-2 when Josh Genthe was hit by a pitch, scoring Kevin Elefante who had doubled down the left field line earlier in the inning.
- The Crusaders tied the game at 4-4 with a two run bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a Yoder two-run homer, driving in Luke Cureton who had walked to lead-off the inning.
- Hunt's single in the top of the fifth inning gave King back the lead with a 5-4 score, driving in Dayton who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
- A Cook solo home run in the top of the 8th extended the lead 6-4 and a Hunt double scored Castaneda in the ninth who had tripled to begin the inning, made the score 7-4 which ended up being the final score in game two.
Winning Pitcher: Mirabal (4-0) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
Save: Stophel (2) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
Losing Pitcher: Robert Frantzis (1-1) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Krause went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader with two runs scored, three runs batted in, a double, a walk, and two home runs.
- Stanley was 3-for-9 in the two games with a run scored, two runs batted in and hit a home run.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Mirabal's 4-0 start is the first time a King pitcher has won his first four starts since Cory Rhodes did in the 2011 season.
- King next travels to play Carson-Newman on Tuesday. First pitch from Jefferson City, Tenn. is set for 2:00 pm.
- Belmont Abbey next plays at Lander University on Tueday.