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Crusaders crush 8 homers in 22-16 slugfest win vs. Barton

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For the second straight game, Barton College pitching was pounded mercilessly by the opposing baseball team at Nixon Field.

The Bulldogs, who lost 21-4 to UNC Pembroke in a nonconference game Tuesday, suffered a 22-16 setback to Belmont Abbey on Friday in the first game of an NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas three-game series.

The Crusaders (11-15, 4-7 CC), who had lost 11 of their last 14 games, ripped eight home runs on the blustery afternoon and totaled 25 hits, including five doubles. Bulldogs starting pitcher Colby Shimmel (3-2) bore the brunt of the damage, giving up 12 runs — all earned — on 13 hits, including five homers, over three innings. Abbey’s first two batters, Richard De La Cruz and Ben Gobbel, smashed Shimmel offerings over the fence in right field and center field, respectively.

The Crusaders, up 6-0 after two, chased Shimmel with six runs in the third inning.

Barton was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Noah Almond smashed a two-run homer after the first run scored on an error. The Bulldogs would hit three more longballs for a total of 12 in the game — six fewer than the Div. II record of 18 set in 2009 by Colorado St.-Pueblo and Colorado Christian.

Barton (17-11, 5-5 CC) scored six runs in the ninth and finished with 12 hits. Each team made two errors.

The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at noon.

Score by innings:

Belmont Abbey 336 006 310 22

Barton 000 035 026 16

WP-Griffin Baker (4-2) 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. LP-Colby Shimmel (3-2) 3 IP, 13 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Belmont Abbey: Jakob Rolly 5-5, 3 R, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs; Mason Dodd 5-7, 5 R, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs; Ben Gobbel 4-6, 4 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs; Ben Sneider 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs. Barton: Gatlin Pate 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 R, 2 RBIs; Noah Almond 2-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBIs; Chase Riker 1-2, HR, 2 RBIs; Hunter Pearre 2-4, R, HR, RBI.

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