Baseball Falls Twice At USC-Aiken, 12-4 & 5-2

The Belmont Abbey baseball team lost both games of the Sunday doubleheader to fall victim of the sweep to the University of South Carolina Aiken at Roberto Hernandez Field this afternoon. Belmont Abbey lost game one, 12-4 and suffered a 5-2 defeat in the nightcap. The Crusaders fall to 4-6 while the Pacers improve to 7-2. 

In game one, the Pacers offense scored 12 runs on 17 hits. In a repeat of Saturday's game, the Abbey did not get anything going until the ninth inning.

Kayden Krause and Michael Falsetti worked back to back walks followed by Levi Wright's single to center that brought in Krause. Quinn Hawksworth singled to load the bases, and then Adam Venditti and Craig Zalewa both drew walks, followed by Matthew Hamlin getting hit by a pitch produced three runs. 

Parks Smithey suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits in three and one-thirds innings, striking out four. USC-Aiken's Danny Wissman recorded the win after hurling five hitless innings, striking out nine.

In the nightcap, Connor Kwalwasser was hit by the first pitch of the game. Anthony Dimino worked a walk and Kwalwasser came around to score on Michael Falsetti's fielders choice giving the Crusaders their first lead of the series. 

It took five innings for Aiken to answer when a two out single scored the Pacers first run. One inning later, they took the lead when Ryan Metzler scored on a wild pitch.

The Crusaders fired right back in the seventh when Lorenzo Wright and Ian Vasquez walked and Kwalwasser moved them over with a groundout. Dimino tied the game when he beat out an infield single, allowing Wright to score.

The Pacers wasted no time regaining the lead, as USC-Aiken scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the frame, the big blow coming on Tyler Moore's RBI triple down the rightfield line. It would take advantage of an Abbey error in the eighth to tack on another, as Randy Luckett's groundout to short brought home Ryan Metzler.

Freshman Logan Redman started for the Abbey, working six strong innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, striking out two. Forrest Buchannan was pinned with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in two thirds of an inning. Ben Black picked up the win in relief of Taylor Peed. Black allowed just one hit in two thirds of an inning. Peed, meanwhile struck out 11 in six and two-thirds, yielding two runs on three hits. Caleb Smith worked the ninth to record the save. 

The Crusaders play again on Tuesday when Wingate comes to Abbey Yard. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.