Shippensburg rapped out 14 runs on 14 hits as all of its damage came in the fourth through eighth innings as the Raiders avoided a three game sweep with a 14-0 win over Belmont Abbey this afternoon in the final game of a three game baseball series. Shippensburg improves to 1-2 on the year, while the Crusaders record evens at 3-3.
Belmont Abbey hosts Mars Hill Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when the Raiders touched Crusaders starter Matt Davenport for five runs, three coming on a Mike Marcinko homer. The visitors added four more in the fifth as Jake Kennedy clubbed his third homer of the series, a two run shot, while Grant Hoover added an RBI single. The fourth run came in on an Abbey error, one of three charged to the Crusaders on the afternoon.
Kennedy struck again an inning later, clouting a solo shot to up the Raiders lead to 11-0. One inning later, the Raiders scored two runs on passed balls, and they closed the scoring in the eighth on Ryan McMillen's RBI single that chased home Hoover.
Shippensburg starter Richie Michaud baffled the Crusaders offense for seven scoreless innings, as he fanned eight and did not walk a batter while scattering five hits. He threw 83 pitches, 59 for strikes as he moves to 1-0 on the year.
Davenport fell to 0-2 as he gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits. He struck out four and walked a pair in four innings.