Sophomore shortstop Colin Rosenbaum would collect five hits on the day, while the Crusaders would get solid pitching performances from Blake Waldren and Harry Ferguson to sweep Emmanuel today at Abbey Yard. The Crusaders opened with the 9-4 win, as Waldren tossed the seven inning complete game. In the nightcap, Ferguson worked through the seventh to earn his first win of 2016 by a 12-3 score. The pair of wins takes the win streak to five, as they open Conference Carolinas play at 3-0, 9-3-1 overall. For Emmanuel, they move to 1-12, 0-3 in conference play.
In game one, Waldren had to work through some early trouble as Emmanuel would open with a three run first to take their first lead of the weekend. In the bottom of the frame, Matt McGarry would score on a groundball double play to get a run closer.
Eric Pape would slug his third homer of the season to stretch the lead to 4-1 in the third. Waldren would then settle down to retire the final 13 batters, striking out three the rest of the way. On the day, Waldren would finish with six punch outs, offsetting the four runs on three hits and two walks.
Rosenbaum would lead a 12 hit attack that saw the Crusaders even things in the third, before taking the lead with runs in their final three turns at bat. Rosenbaum would account for half of the Crusaders extra base hits in game one.
In game two, the Crusaders would prove very poor hosts, racing out to an 8-0 lead after three innings before distancing themselves from Emmanuel in the 12-3 finale. Rosenbaum would open the scoring for the Abbey with a two run double in the second, as the Crusaders would send 10 men to the plate. An inning later, Rosenbaum continued the slugging display, connecting for a two run clout, stretching the lead to seven.
Harry Ferguson would take care of the rest, going seven strong while scattering seven hits. Matt Davenport and Heath King would also see action, as the Abbey firemen would retire six of seven batters in the final two frames to clinch the sweep.
The 12 runs in game two ties a high water mark for the Abbey, as they repeated the feat of just four days ago versus Brevard. On the week, the Crusaders went 5-0, outscoring their opponents by a total of 42-17.
Also of note from the past week, the Crusaders bullpen pitched 13.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits.
The Crusaders return to Abbey Yard on Tuesday against Carson-Newman for a 2:00PM first pitch. You can hear the action on the Belmont Abbey Sports Network, beginning with Crusaders Pregame, set for 1:45pm. Log onto www.basn.wgnc.net to hear the action.