MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey baseball team fought in a competitive game against conference opponent Pfeiffer but lost 10-7. Nick Beinlich and Luke Cureton had two hits each for the Crusaders and Thomas Yoder tallied a two-run home run, his third of the season. The Abbey is now 18-13 on the season with a 10-6 conference record. Pfeiffer improves to 13-15 and 5-8 in conference.
The Crusaders jumped out to a four run lead in the second, as Josh Genthe notched an RBI single and Yoder drove in a run with a ground ball. Belmont Abbey scored two more runs when Matt McGarry put a ball in play to the shortstop.
The Falcons answered with three runs in the second, as they scored on a Crusader miscue, before an RBI double and groundout. They tied it up in the fourth with two singles.
Belmont Abbey retook the lead in the sixth as Cureton doubled and scored on Robert Lathrop's single. They platted another run in the seventh, when Nick Nunziato blasted his third home run of the season.
Pfeiffer was able to push across four runs in the seventh, starting with back-to-back home runs by Jordan Eckard and Zach Scudder. The Falcons scored another on a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk to take an 8-6.
Yoder's home run in the eight pulled the Crusaders within one, but Pfeiffer tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the deal.
Pfeiffer's starter, Jordan Toney, recorded the win, pitching 7.0 innings allowing four earned runs on seven hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Cameron Reid logged his third save of the season in his 2.0 innings of relief as he struck out four.
Crusader starter, Cameron Busby, took the loss throwing 6.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits, allowing just one walk on four strikeouts.
The Crusaders look to win the series in a double header tomorrow in Misenheimer, with game one starting at 2:00 p.m.