COLUMBUS, GA - The Belmont Abbey Crusaders had their 2016 season come to a close late Saturday night, as Placido Torres hurled a complete game for the Pioneers, beating Belmont Abbey 7-1. The loss ends the Crusaders season at 39-16-1.
Matt Davenport got the start for the Abbey and was faced with early adversity in the second inning as the Pioneers loaded the bases. On the next at bat, a Geovanny Tolentino ground ball to the right side was fielded, but an errant throw allowed the initial run to score for Tusculum. Following a bunt single by JJ Wesley, Kevin Victoriano added a two run base hit to move the lead to 3-0. Nick Lacina provided the effectual parting shot, delivering a two run knock of his own to up the lead to 5-0.
From there, Torres would handle the rest, striking out 12 in the complete game gem.
Rosenbaum and Conor Kwalwasser each had multi-hit games for the Abbey in the losing effort.
Tusculum will now face the Mount Olive Trojans at 3:30pm in an elimination round matchup.
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