The Christendom Crusaders came back in a dramatic walk-off win on Saturday to wrap up their season, defeating Mid-Atlantic Christian University 12-10 at home.

The game was the second of a doubleheader against Mid-Atlantic Christian, who won the first game 3-1. The Mustangs immediately continued their momentum from the first game, scoring three in the first inning against the Crusaders before putting two more on the board in the third.

Down 5-0, the Crusaders had an offensive explosion in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs thanks to timely hitting from Stephen Buonocore and Michael Mesch and untimely errors from the Mustangs. In the fifth inning, the back and forth between the Crusaders and the Mustangs continued, with the Mustangs scoring 3 in the top of the inning before the Crusaders tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the fifth.

Mid-Atlantic scored two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings, carrying a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the seventh. A double from Caleb Wilson plated Thomas Sullivan, bringing the score to 10-9, before Mersch stepped to the plate with two runners on — and subsequently hit a home run over the left field wall, earning the Crusaders a 12-10 victory.

Several players shined in the Crusaders’ shortened spring season, especially freshman Thomas Sullivan, who led the team in batting average (.462), on-base percentage (.580), slugging (.590), stolen bases (4) and walks (10). He also, perhaps most impressively, did not strike out once during the season. Senior Caleb Wilson finished up his Crusader career strong as well, hitting .412 on the year and driving in eight runs.

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