Crusaders Split at Carson-Newman

Crusaders Split at Carson-Newman
JEFFERSON CITY, TN - The Belmont Abbey Crusaders had their 16 game winning streak come to a close in the opener of today's doubleheader against Carson-Newman. The Abbey dropped a 7-3 decision before earning a split against the Eagles, winning 5-3 in the nightcap.
In game one, Matt Davenport went to the mound seeking his third win on the year. Grant Rabbits took the hill for Carson-Newman.
Each club threatened in the early innings before being turned away by the opposing team.
In the fourth, Weston Clarke drilled a home run to right center, giving the Abbey it's first lead.  Kayden Krause would score on a RBI double from Kevin Elefante, growing the lead to 2-0.
The Eagles would answer in the bottom half, plating two runs as Trever Lee and Gooch Greer collected run scoring hits.
In the fifth, the Crusaders got a lead off double from Josh Genthe, who scored on a single to short right center field from Colin Rosenbaum, reclaiming the lead for the Abbey.
The Crusaders would get another chance to stretch the lead in the sixth, but we're undone by a ground ball double play off the bat of Kevin Elefante. 
The shift in momentum would loom large, as the Eagles got a solo homer from Cade Snapp to knot things up at three.  The Crusaders allowed two additional batters to reach, prompting Coach Chris Anderson to turn to his bullpen to escape the rally.
The move would not be enough, as Ian Pung and Brandon Roberts would get back- to- back two run singles, giving the Eagles the margin they would need.
Greg Valentine would record the final out in game one, ending the winning streak for the Abbey at 16 games.
Greg Jones earned the win, as Matt Davenport fell to 2-1 on the year.
In game two, Jeff Thompson was spotted a two run lead in the first inning as Colin Rosenbaum and Josh Genthe would score on a dropped fly ball.
Thompson would allow a run back in the first as Ryan Addington scored on a sac fly from Paul Kirby, trimming the lead to 2-1.
Thompson would be quite stingy the rest of the way, giving up only the single run in 4.1 innings, striking out eight, while allowing no hits. 
The Crusaders would get a big lift in the fifth as Nick Beinlich homered to right, a three run shot, giving the Abbey the final margin they needed.
Kyle Halbohn would come on to close a 5-3 game in the seventh inning, striking out two in three batters faced to preserve the save. The save was Halbohn's fourth of the year.
The split for the Abbey moves their record to 21-4-1, while Carson-Newman goes to 15-9 on the season.
The Crusaders will return to conference action at Limestone on Friday.  The BASN will broadcast the game at 3:15pm on the radio webstream: www.basn.wgnc.net