Crusaders Win Conference Series at Pfeiffer

Crusaders Win Conference Series at Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey Crusaders swept the double header at Pfeiffer Saturday to win their ­­fifth conference series this season. The Abbey took game one 6-4 and game two 24-10. With the two wins the Crusaders improve to 20-13 with a 12-6 Conference Carolinas record. Pfeiffer is now 13-17 and 5-10 in conference.

In game one, the Crusaders had nine hits from nine different players. Luke Cuerton drove in three runs while Nick Nunziato, Kayden Krause, and Kevin Elefante all tallied an RBI. Belmont Abbey scored first in the fourth on Nunziato's sacrifice fly and remained in the lead for the remainder of the game. In the sixth, the Crusaders hit back-to-back home runs with Elefante following Cuerton's three-run bomb.

Pfeiffer scored four runs in the sixth utilizing three hits, a walk, and a sac fly, but the Crusaders added an insurance run in the seventh, as Krause launched his 10th home run of the season. 

Jeff Thompson recorded the win for the Crusaders, improving to 4-1 on the season. Thompson tossed 5.0 innings allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Sam Luchansky came on in relief to record the six out save allowing just one hit.

In game two, the Crusaders offense exploded with 24 runs on 15 hits.  Nine Crusaders notched hits with six players recording a multi-hit game. Six crusades had multiple RBIs, led by Cuerton's five. Nick Beinlick, Robert Lathrop, and Colin Rosenbaum each drove in four runs with Jakob Rolly registering three RBIs and Thomas Yoder driving in a pair. The Abbey launched six home runs in the contest as they also laced five doubles.

Belmont Abbey scored a run in the first, three in the third, eight in the fifth, and 12 in the sixth. Matt McGarry's RBI double came in the third followed by Rosenbaum's two-run homer. The fifth inning saw Rosenbaum's RBI double and Cuerton's two-run double. Lathrop tallied an RBI single and Beinlich propelled his 14th home run of the season to give The Abbey the 12-0 advantage.

After surrendering a run in the bottom of the fifth, the Crusaders exploded for 12 runs in the sixth with home runs from Cuerton, Yoder, Rolly, and Lathrop. Pfeiffer responded with nine runs of their own as they struck for six hits in the bottom of the sixth.

Crusader starter Blake Waldren took the win throwing 5.0 innings, allowing one run on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. Grayson Miller, Stephen Hueber, Parker MacPhail, and Michael Gonzalez all came on in relief.

Belmont Abbey baseball will travel to Wingate on Tuesday. They will play the Bulldogs at 6:00 p.m.