Mar 12, 2016
BELMONT, NC - Belmont Abbey earned a sweep versus Pfeiffer today at Abbey Yard by scores 2-0 and 13-4. The wins take the Crusaders unbeaten streak to 16 games and improves their record to a league best 12-0. Pfeiffer falls to 2-7 in conference, 7-17 overall.
In the opener, Blake Waldren was on-point this afternoon, as the right hander went five innings allowing three hits and no runs to cage the Falcons offense.
Nick Nunziato would rip his third homer of the week, all in first inning at bats, to give the Crusaders the needed margin to win the series.
The Crusaders would add a run in the fourth, as Kevin Elefante scored Nick Beinlich on a single to left. The single came two batters after eventual losing pitcher Broderick Rierson was taken out the game. Rierson would take the loss, giving up the two runs on two hits.
Robert Taft would pitch the final two innings flawlessly, retiring all six batters faced.
With the series win in hand, Harry Ferguson would take the bump seeking his third win, and the club's fourth consecutive conference sweep.
Ferguson would set the Falcons down in order in the first, and the Crusaders would jump out to an early four run advantage, as eight batters scored four unearned runs against Ethan Greene.
Both clubs would score single runs in both the second and third innings, with the Abbey continuing the steady stream of production by plating another run in the fourth, stretching the lead to 7-2.
Pfeiffer would answer with a two spot in the fifth, as former South Point Red Raiders standout Derek Perry would double home a run and later score in the stanza.
That would be the last stand for Pfeiffer, as Ferguson retired the final two men he faced. In all, Ferguson went eight innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
The Crusaders would counter with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Kayden Krause, Conor Kwalwasser and Thomas Yoder all scored on two out hits by Yoder and Matt McGarry.
Two more runs in the sixth, and a single tally in the eighth would create the final margin for the Abbey, as the Crusaders banged out 17 hits in the contest. On the weekend, the Crusaders wrapped 34 hits. Every Abbey starter registered a safety in the finale.
Kyle Halbohn would continue to look sharp in relief, as the senior from Pawley's Island would punch out two of the final three Pfeiffer hitters to end the game.
Riding the 16 game streak, the Crusaders return to action on Tuesday as the Crusaders face Carson-Newman in a pair of seven inning contests. BASN coverage can be found at: www.basn.wgnc.net.