The Belmont Abbey baseball team dropped both games of their doubleheader Saturday against Pfeiffer at Abbey Yard. They lose their first conference series of the year and drop to 7-12 overall, 1-2 in Conference Carolinas while Pfeiffer improves to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The first game of the afternoon was a seven inning affair with both pitchers putting up impressive preformances. The Abbey's Parks Smithey went all seven innings giving up just one run on seven hits, walking three and striking out five. Pfeiffer scored their only run in the sixth inning with back to back doubles. Pfeiffer's starter Keith Little went six innings giving up five hits, walking only one and striking out ten batters. Kyle Hackney pitched the last frame to record the save.
The second game was nothing like the first as both teams punched out double digit hits. Pfeiffer scored an early run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and scored four more runs on back to back home runs in the third inning. Pfeiffer stretched their lead to 8-0 in the fifth, scoring three more runs on four hits, two being bases loaded singles.
The Crusaders answered in the bottom half of the fifth when Connor Kwalwasser reached first on a bunt base hit and moved to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. He then scored on Anthony Dimino's single into center field.
The Crusaders continued to chip at the Falcons lead in the seventh with a double by Craig Zalewa followed by a single by Kwalwasser. Another Dimino single drove in Zalewa and Kwalwasser and Dimino came around to score on wild pitches.
The Crusaders again gained ground in the eighth after Nich Beinlich singled and Weston Clarke doubled. They both scored on John Pilla's single up the middle.
The Crusaders put some at bats together in the bottom of the ninth but could not finish the rally. Kwalwasser led off the inning getting hit by a pitch followed by Dimino's single. Pinch hitter Michael Accettullo moved them over with a sacrifice bunt putting the tying run 180 feet away. But the game ended when Beinlich's line drive into right was snagged by the diving Peiffer second baseman.
Tyler Lequire earned the win after allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits in seven and one-thirds innings. Dylan Norris notched the save after allowing just one hit over the final one and two-thirds scoreless innings. Logan Redmond took the loss. He yielded eight runs, six earned, on seven hits in four and one-thirds innings.