BELMONT, N.C. – Griffin Baker tossed a no-hitter in the opening game a doubleheader against Erskine to secure the series win. It was the first no-hitter for Belmont Abbey since 2014. Baker threw the seven innings allowing just one walk while striking out six on his way to his fourth victory of the season. The sophomore faced the minimum number of batters as Erskine's only baserunner was erased on a double play in the fifth.
With the series win vs Erskine, Belmont Abbey captures their seventh Conference Carolinas series win of the year, accomplishing that feat for the second year in a row. With their 18-5 conference record, the Crusaders secured the third seed in the Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament. They will play the fourth-seeded Erskine Flying Fleet in the first round of the tournament, Thursday, April 27 at the Burlington Athletic Park.
In game one, while Baker was dealing history, the Crusader lineup was doing what they usually do as they compiled 10 hits including four home runs. Nick Beinlich, Luke Cureton, Thomas Yoder, Josh Genthe all left the yard as No. 20 Belmont Abbey rolled to the 6-0 win.
Game two was all Erskine, as they captured the 10-3 win. Genthe recorded two hits in the contest including a bases-loaded double that accounted for all three Abbey runs. Erskine had six players' record two hits in the game as they racked up 13 hits on their way to their 25th win of the season. Davis Cunningham recorded his first win of the season throwing 5.0 innings allowing two hits, four walks while striking out 10.
Before the games, the Belmont Abbey baseball program recognized their seniors that have helped lead to the program's success.