The Crusaders, seeking their 25th win of the season, sent Matt Davenport to the mound. Davenport would depart after two innings, as Chris Anderson opted to use five pitchers on the day.
In the third, the Abbey would stretch the lead to 7-1. Kevin Elefante would get the critical knock for the Crusaders with a three run inside-the-park home run.
That would put the game in the hands of the typically reliable Crusaders bullpen.
The Pirates (13-17) would get two runs back in the third to trim the Abbey advantage to 7-3.
The Crusaders would retaliate in the fourth as Nunziato would hit his 10th long ball of the year. The dinger would mark the second consecutive season that Nunziato has reached double figures in home runs.
The Crusaders would score their final run of the game in the fifth as Colin Rosenbaum would drive home Elefante with a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 9-3.
Armstrong State would plate two runs in the bottom of the frame, one unearned, to cut the deficit to 9-5. Ross Garrett would leave the game, tossing three innings, allowing three runs.
Armstrong would chip away at the Abbey lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh, making it a 9-7 score.
Anderson would call on Kyle Halbohn to pitch the final two frames, and the senior would answer the call. In the two innings, Halbohn allowed one hit, striking out five en route to the save.
The win for the Abbey moves their record to 25-6-1, setting up a huge weekend at Abbey Yard, as North Greenville comes into the weekend with an identical 14-1 record in Conference Carolinas play.
The game will be broadcast on the BASN. Find the webstream by logging onto www.basn.wgnc.net.