The Belmont Abbey baseball team suffered a 9-4 defeat to the visiting Erskine Flying Fleet this afternoon at Abbey Yard in the final game of a Conference Carolinas series. Erskine completes the three game sweep as it improves to 15-2 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Abbey drops to 8-15 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas.
Erskine clubbed five home runs on the day as it started with a two run homer in the first to grab a lead it would not lose.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the second as Erskine took advantage of an Abbey error as Chase Corn scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Smith.
Anthony Dimino put the Crusaders on the board in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff homer, his team-leading fifth of the season.
Erskine matched the run with one of its own in the top of the fifth on Brandon Overstreet's two out homer which extended the Fleet lead to 4-1.
The Crusaders rallied in the fourth to close the deficit to one run. Quinn Hawksworth blasted a hanging slider over the wall in left for a leadoff homer. After a strikeout, Levi Wright singled to left and scored on Jon Pilla's double to left that cut the lead to 4-3.
Erskine pushed its lead back to a pair in the fifth with an unearned run on a Crusader throwing error, but the Abbey plated one in the bottom of the frame to again close the lead to one.
Those would be the last Abbey runs of the game as Erskine closed the scoring with a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Wes Schuler earned the win in relief, as he allowed just two hits and keeping the Abbey scoreless in the final four and one-thirds innings, striking out three. Belmont Abbey starter Logan Redmond pitched four and one-thirds, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits. He fanned one.
Falsetti and Clarke each had two hits as the Crusaders totaled ten, but were undone by four defensive errors.