Belmont Abbey junior catcher Anthony Dimino extended his hitting streak to 17 games as he recorded two singles in the Crusaders 6-1 loss at Erskine in the opening game of a three game Conference Carolinas set. Erskine improves to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey falls to 11-6 overall and 8-2 in league play.
The series wraps up with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.
The homestanding Fleet opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an unearned run. Brandon Overstreet reached on a leadoff error, moved to second on a single by Joey Wilson and scampered to third on a fielder's choice. He scored on Logan Galliher's sacrifice fly to right to give Erskine a 1-0 lead.
Belmont Abbey matched the run in the second as Nick Nunziato ripped a leadoff double. After the next two batters were retired, Nunziato scored on Colin Rosenbaum's single to deadlock the game at one apiece.
The contest remained tied until the fourth when the Flying Fleet scored what turned out to be the winning runs as Destin Nichols singled home Galliher and Logan Dix to give Erskine a 4-1 lead.
Erskine tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth, two on Hanlon Maivelett single and another on an RBI single from Tanner Lollis.
Austin Gambrell moved his record to 4-0 in the victory as he held the Crusaders to one run on six hits in six innings, striking out four. Zach McAllister earned his fourth save as he gave up two hits over three scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one.
Harry Ferguson fell to 4-2 in the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in seven and one-thirds innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Dimino and Kevin Elefante both had two hits as the Crusaders finished with eight.