The Belmont Abbey baseball team closed out the 2014 season with two losses at Armstrong Atlantic State, dropping the opener 13-2 and losing the season finale 4-3 in ten innings. The Crusaders finish the 2014 season with a record of 18-30. Armstrong improves to 27-19 as it enters this week's Peach Belt Tournament.
In the opener, the Pirates wasted no time jumping out to a lead they would never lose, plating six in the first and one more in the second.
The Crusaders plated their two runs in the third, as Conor Kwalwasser led off with a walk and scored all the way from first on Ian Vazquez's single to right field. Vazquez, who moved to second on the throw, scored on the next at bat as Kayden Krause delivered a single to left.
Armstrong closed the scoring with two in the seventh and four more in the eighth to tie the three game series at one.
Pirates starter Ethan Bader struck out 16 Crusaders in eight innings as he improved his record to 10-1. He allowed two runs on nine hits. Belmont Abbey starter Forrest Buchanan fell to 2-4 as he surrendered seven runs on six hits in an inning and two thirds.
In game two, Belmont Abbey led 3-1 after seven-and-a-half, but the Pirates plated two in the bottom of the eighth to knot the game at three.
The game remained tied through nine innings and the Pirates won the game in the bottom of the tenth as Clayton Miller reached on a bases loaded fielder's choice.
After the Pirates took the lead with a run in the second, the Abbey quickly tied it back up in the top of the third on Weston Clarke's RBI double that chased home Dimino.
Two innings later, the Abbey took advantage of two Pirates errors to score twice. Krause scored on a throwing error. Three batters later, Clarke made it 3-1 when he scored on an error off the bat of Michael Falsetti.
Nathan Ward earned the win in relief as he held the Crusaders to four hits over three and two-thirds scoreless innings, fanning three.
Crusaders reliever Robert Taft, the third and final pitcher of the afternoon, allowed one run on one hit in two innings.
Belmont Abbey totaled nine hits as Dimino led the way with three. Clarke added two.