Belmont Abbey pitcher Harry Ferguson pitched a complete game, retiring the final seven batters of the game, as the Crusaders baseball team plated five straight runs after falling behind 2-0 in the first to eliminate the top seeded Mount Olive Trojans 5-3 this afternoon in an elimination game of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Belmont Abbey wins three of four against the Trojans this seasn as the Crusaders improve to 24-21, while the Trojans drop to 35-14.
The win snaps an eight game losing streak in the league tournament for the Crusaders. Prior to today, the last win came on April 16, 2010, a 14-10 victory over Anderson. Belmont Abbey will be back in action Saturday at 3:00 against an opponent to be determined.
Ferguson struck out five as he pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on seven hits. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning, as he held Mount Olive hitless from the final out of the third until the second batter in the seventh. He retired the final seven batters of the game, two by strikeout as he improved to 6-7.
After Mount Olive, the designated visiting team, struck for two runs in the top of the first, Belmont Abbey matched it in the bottom of the second as Levi Wright doubled home Weston Clarke. Conor Kwalwasser followed with a single to left that scored Wright to knot the game at two.
One inning later, the Crusaders grabbed the lead for good with two runs as Clarke gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with an RBI groundout that scored Anthony Dimino. Armen Calilao stretched it to 4-2 with a single to left that plated Nick Nunziato.
Ferguson made the lead stand up, as he baffled the Trojans offense for nearly four innings while the offense gave him all the run scoring support he needed. Kodi Whitley fell to 8-4 as the Trojans starter gave up five runs on ten hits in four and two thirds innings, striking out three.
The Crusaders finished with ten hits as Dimino and Calilao both recorded two.