BELMONT, N.C. – After taking game one of the three-game series 4-2 on Friday the Warriors were upended twice on Saturday by Belmont Abbey 10-3 and 7-1.
The Warriors are scheduled to be back in action at home on Tuesday against Bluefield at 4 p.m. SWU may make up their snowed out game at Truett-McConnell this week at a to be determined date.
The Warriors fell behind after a four-run first for the Crusaders but SWU battled back to score three times in the third. The first three batters reached in the third for the Warriors before Drew Carson knocked in two with a double to right. Daniel Williams followed with an RBI ground out. SWU had two runners in scoring position with only one out but failed to cash in.
The Crusaders answered the Warriors with two runs in the fourth and added four more in the sixth as Belmont Abbey took the seven-inning game one 10-3.
The Warriors were led by Carson's two hits and two RBI. SWU was held to just five hits in the contest as Matt Davenport tossed 5.2 innings allowing just three runs and four hits. Davenport struck out three to pick up the win and improve to 2-2.
Hamilton Hartsell took the loss for the Warriors and fell to 0-4 on the year. Hartsell allowed seven hits, six runs and five walks in four innings of work. He struck out two.
Both teams collected six hits but the Warriors committed three errors which helped lead to three unearned runs as Belmont Abbey took game two 7-3 to take the series 2-1.
Tyler Rio tossed 6.1 innings of three-hit ball but was the tough luck loser, falling to 0-3. Rio allowed three walks and struck out three. Three of the six runs allowed by Rio were unearned as the Crusaders scored two unearned runs in the first as the Warriors committed two of their three errors in the inning.
SWU scored first in the game as Trevor Walker doubled with one out in the first. After a ground out, Josh Shimp knocked in Walker with a single. Walker singled in the third and reached third but was stranded there.
In the fourth the Warriors put two on as Johnny Ponder singled and Luke Hostetler was hit by a pitch, but both of those men were left on base. The Warriors left runners on in the fifth and sixth innings.
Tyler Byrnes picked up the win for Belmont Abbey with six innings of work, striking out seven and allowing six hits. The bullpen pitched three perfect innings of the Crusaders.