Nick Nunziato homered in the first and Tyler Byrnes threw six strong innings to lead the Crusaders to a game one win over Shippensburg by a 7-3 score at Abbey Yard on Friday. The Raiders rallied in game two to knock off the Abbey 1-0, as Mark Curtis picked up the win for Shippensburg. The split sends the Abbey to a 3-2-1 record, while the Raiders move to 1-1 on the new season.
In the opener, the Abbey three run first was generated by consecutive walks to Lorenzo Wright and Kayden Krause. That set the stage for Nunziato, as he deposited a line drive homer into the hedges beyond center field to give the Crusaders The early advantage.
After the Raiders trimmed the lead to a single run in the second, Kayden Krause would cap a three run uprising with a two runtriple to right center field. The Crusaders would carry the four run lead out to the seventh, where Robert Taft would close the game by retiring the Raiders in order.
Tyler Byrnes picked up his first win of the year, while Marcus Shippey was saddled with the loss.
In game two, Mark Curtis used an acutely accurate slider to stifle the Crusaders batters. A single run in the fourth would prove to be enough as the Raiders broke through on a RBI single from Nick Spangler to gain the winning margin.
Blake Waldren took the loss, despite tossing 5.2 innings of work, surrendering the lone run on six hits.
Josh Kutchey would earn the save for Shippensburg as Matt McGarry would ground out to second to end the contest.
The Crusaders will now play two on Saturday against Slippery Rock, before wrapping the homestand on Tuesday against Brevard. First pitch time for the pair of seven innings contests tomorrow is slated for noon. The game will air at 11:45am on the Belmont Abbey Sports Network internet stream: www.basn.wgnc.net.