Erskine Takes Two From Baseball In Saturday Doubleheader To Complete Three Game Sweep, 4-2 & 15-1

Erskine Takes Two From Baseball In Saturday Doubleheader To Complete Three Game Sweep, 4-2 & 15-1

The 14th-ranked Erskine College baseball team completed a three game sweep of Belmont Abbey with a pair of wins Saturday, as the Flying Fleet won the opener 4-2 and capped the series with a 15-1 victory in the nightcap.

Erskine improves to 17-1 overall and 8-1 in the league, while the Crusaders drop to 11-8 overall and 8-4 in Conference Carolinas.

In the seven inning opener, Erskine struck first in the first as Zach Smith singled home Brandon Overstreet, who led off the frame with a double.

The Crusaders tied it up in the second on Josh Genthe's RBI single that scored Weston Clarke.

Erskine took the lead for good in the third as the Flying Fleet scored three runs on two homers, a solo shot by Smith and a two run blast by Destin Nichols.

Belmont Abbey pulled one back in the sixth as Anthony Dimino extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a one out double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Clarke's double.

Erskine went down in order in the bottom of the frame and the Crusaders, down to their final three outs, threatened in the seventh, bringing the tying run to the plate with one out, but a strikeout and groundout ended the game.

Luke Crumley went the distance for Erskine as his record improved to 5-0. He allowed two runs on eight hits, striking out nine. Matt Davenport fell to 2-3 as he gave up four runs on four hits in three and two-thirds innings, striking out three.

Clarke, Lorenzo Wright and Conor Kwalwasser all had two hits. Dimino and Genthe had one each.

In game two, which was nine innings, Erskine scored 15 unanswered runs after the Crusaders took the early lead in the third.

In the third, Genthe led off with a single, moved to second on Lorenzo Wright's single and both men moved into scoring position on Kwalwasser's sacrifice bunt. Dimino was walked to load the bases which forced a pitching change. After the change, Nick Nunziato singled home Genthe for a 1-0 lead.

That would be all for the Crusaders, however, as the Flying Fleet scored three in the third, eight more in the fourth, one in the fifth and sixth and closing with two in the seventh.

Dimino kept his hitting streak alive with a leadoff single in the eighth.

Erskine reliever Landon Dickerson, the second of three Flying Fleet pitchers, evened his record to 1-1 as he gave up just one hit over two and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out four. Abbey starter Tyler Bynes fell to 2-1 as he yielded eight runs on seven hits, walking four and fanning a pair.

Belmont Abbey rapped out seven hits as Nunziato led the way with three, two of which were doubles.