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Win: Brady Hill (1-0) 1.000002
Loss: Charlie Fessler (0-1) 4.073311
Nick Beinlich (BAC) 423010
Danton Hyman (NBY) 402000
February 04, 20171234567RHE
Belmont Abbey000606012120
Win: Blake Waldren (1-0) 5.051113
Loss: Hunter Hill (0-1) 3.256632
Thomas Yoder (BAC) 423100
Danton Hyman (NBY) 301000
Daymon Totherow (NBY) 301000
Trejon Smith (NBY) 211000
Jason Taylor (NBY) 301000
Andrew Crook (NBY) 201100
No. 19 Belmont Abbey sweeps Newberry

No. 19 Belmont Abbey sweeps Newberry
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – Seeking revenge for yesterday’s Newberry win at Abbey Yard, 19th-ranked Belmont Abbey used a three-spot in the ninth inning to take Game One by a score of 5-2 and an explosive fourth frame to clinch Game Two 12-1 in a doubleheader sweep over the Wolves.

The Wolves appeared to seize the momentum in the top of the eighth inning of Game One with a spectacular defensive effort by right fielder Daymon Totherow. The Crusaders had a runner on second with two outs and catcher Kevin Elefante at the plate. Down in the count 0-2 to reliever Charlie Fessler, Elefante stroked a single into right field.

Pinch runner Robert Lathrop made a wide turn at third and headed for the plate. Totherow came up firing and saw his throw beat Lathrop to the plate by several steps. Jeff Sneed applied the tag to complete the play, exciting the large crowd gathered for the Smith Road Complex’s first action of the 2017 season.

Belmont Abbey’s Brady Hill, however, had other plans. He set the Wolves down in order in the eighth, including a pair of strikeouts, to set the table for a two-out rally in the ninth. Center fielder Nick Beinlich’s second double of the game was the first of four Crusader hits in the inning as the visitors put three runs on the board. Cameron Busby worked a perfect bottom of the inning to earn the save.

Designated hitter Ben Herring had provided the Wolves with all their offense in the third inning. With the bases loaded and two gone in the third, Herring slapped a two-run single through the left side to put the Wolves ahead by a 2-1 count.

Freshman Josh Stempihar pitched 4.2 innings in his first collegiate action and was responsible for the bulk of the six Belmont Abbey baserunners stranded through the first five innings. Fessler suffered the loss, coming within a single out of reaching the bottom of the ninth in a tied game.

The Crusaders fell behind 1-0 early in the second contest but roared back with six runs in the fourth inning and six more in the sixth for the final margin.

Newberry’s lone run came in the bottom of the second. An infield single by Trejon Smith and double down the left field line by Jason Taylor on back-to-back pitches set the table for Andrew Crook. The Wolves’ catcher laced an offering off the pitcher’s glove that was corralled by the shortstop for a 1-6-3 groundout that allowed Smith to score from third.

Hunter Hill
took the loss for Newberry after allowing six runs on five hits through 3.2 innings. Blake Waldren earned the win for Belmont Abbey by limiting the Wolves to five hits and one run through his 5.0 innings of work.

Newberry will return to action on Tuesday as the Wolves travel to Greenwood to face 2016 College World Series participant Lander. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.