Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan falls to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in the first two games of the three game series on Friday. The final of game one was 13-1 and game two was 3-0.
Southern Wesleyan posted six hits in game one, with Izzy Martinez leading the team with two hits. Quinton Bent had a double during the game. The lone run and RBI came from a home run off the bat of Devin Patrick. On the base pads, Conner Ewing had the lone stolen base for the Warriors. TJ McEvilly started the first game for the Warriors. He pitched four innings and struck out three while allowing five hits. Josh Antwine and Tyler Parry came in to pitch in relief.
The Warriors posted two hits in the game two. The hits came as a single for Jesse Getford and a double by Julio Justo. Three Warriors walked during the game. Justo had the lone stolen base for Southern Wesleyan. Mike Batten started game two for the Warriors. Batten pitched five innings while striking out four and only letting in two runs. Kyle Cook-McCrary and Vinny Adams came in to pitch in relief.
Final Game One: Belmont Abbey 13, Southern Wesleyan 1
Final Game Two: Belmont Abbey 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (10-5 / CC 0-2) Belmont Abbey (13-2 / CC 5-0)
Coach Gillespie says...
"We played much better in game two tonight, just couldn't get the bats going. In game one we gave up 10 bases in the first five innings on walks, hit basmen and errors. That's tough to compete with anyone, much less a solid Belmont Abbey club. We pitched much better in the second game, but couldn't get runners on with any consistency. I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow in the final game of the series."
How It Happened
Belmont Abbey struck first taking a 3-0 lead after the first two innings of play. With two out in the bottom of the second inning, Devin Patrick came up to bat. Patrick hit a home run over the center field to put the Warriors down 3-1. The Crusaders pushed their lead deeper to win the game 13-1.
In game two, the Crusaders struck first in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. They went on to win the game in a 3-0 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will continue the series against Belmont Abbey on February 24 at 1 p.m. They will then travel to Lander to take on the Bearcats on February 28. Their next Conference Carolinas game will be on March 2-3 at Erskine College.