The Belmont Abbey baseball team dropped the final two games in the weekend series vs. the visiting tenth-ranked Shippensburg Raiders Sunday at Abbey Yard. The Crusaders lost 5-3 and 5-4, both in seven innings, as their record drops to 5-10 and Shippensburg starts their season 3-1.
Shippensburg started strong in the first game as Pat Kregeloh hit a two run home run in the first inning. The Abbey responded immediately with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Walks by Lorenzo Wright and Mike Falsetti and a fielder's choice by Anthony Dimino set up Nick Beinlich's RBI single to centerfield.
The Raiders struck in the fourth inning on a home run by Jimmy Spanos. They added two more in the sixth on Kregeloh's second home run of the game and a sacrifice fly by Ryan McMillen.
The Crusaders tried to rally in the last frame, as Adam Venditti blasted a solo homer, but the Crusaders were retired in order after that to end the game.
Abbey starter Logan Redmond recorded the loss after pitching six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three. Raider starter Mark Curtis took the win with his five inning, two run, two hit performance. He walked five batters and struck out seven.
In game two Shippensburg started strong with another first inning home run, this time by Cal Hogan. The Crusaders answered in the bottom of the inning when Anthony Dimino led off with a single followed by a walk to Craig Zalewa. Michael Falsetti singled home Dimino and Beinlich drove in Zalewa with a sacrifice fly.
In the fourth Shippensburg knocked two more runs across on Jake Kennedy's homer. The Crusaders tied it up with a run in the bottom half when Dimino singled across Kennan Stanley, who singled to lead off the inning.
Kregeloh responded to the Abbey's charge when he launched his third home run of the day in the sixth to break the 3-3 tie. The Raiders added another run on back to back singles by Austin Allison and McMillen.
Down to its final three outs, the Abbey started another last inning rally but fell short of a comeback. Falsetti worked a one out walk and was lifted for pinch runner Lorenzo Wright. Wright moved to third on Bienlich's check swing double to rightfield. That was followed by Venditti's ground out to the pitcher. On the play, Beinlich drew the defenses' attention long enough for Wright to cross the plate as he beat the rundown by diving into third. With the tying run 90 feet away, a flyout to right ended the game.
Aaron Rumburg took the loss pitching six and two thirds innings, giving up ten hits and allowing five runs, four earned. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Shippensburg starter Shawn Patterson did not receive a decision after hurling four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out one. Nick Massetti recorded the victory after working one scoreless inning. He walked one and struck out one. He did not allow a hit. Austin Bartley picked up the save after pitching the last inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit.
The Crusaders travel to Carson Newman Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader, which will begin at 1:00.