Josh Huffman had two RBI on the day to lead the Tornado.
BELMONT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey defeated King, 5-1, in both games of a doubleheader on Monday at Abbey Yard. Senior Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) had the lone RBI in both games for the Tornado.
Game 1: Belmont Abbey 5, King 1 (7 innings)
Game one was scoreless until the bottom-of-the-fourth when Anthony Dimino hit a sac-fly to make it 1-0, Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders then added four runs on five hits in the fifth to stretch their lead to 5-0.
Huffman hit a sac-fly to plate junior Jose Sola (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) in the seventh, but that was all the offense the Tornado could muster against Nate Cudney. Cudney pitched a complete game for the Crusaders and gave up that lone run on two hits and struck out 10.
Sophomore Alex Martin (Kingston, Tenn.) took the loss for the Tornado, going 4 2/3 innings while giving up five runs on six hits.
Game 2: Belmont Abbey 5, King 1
Belmont Abbey (11-1, 3-1 Conference Carolinas) got off to a fast start In game two by scoring a lone run in the second, third, and fifth innings to take a 3-0 advantage. Huffman hit a solo homer in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-1. However, Belmont Abbey added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth to take a 5-1 lead and won by that final margin.
Parks Smithey started game two for the Crusaders and picked up the win in six innings of work where he gave up one run on four hits. Emilio Pagan pitched the final three innings and allowed only one walk to pick up the save.
Junior Reiss Stanley (Lenoir City, Tenn.) pitched the final 4 1/3 innings for King and gave up three runs on eight hits, but took the loss.
With the pair of losses, the Tornado are now 9-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The Tornado were scheduled to play Lincoln Memorial at home tomorrow, but that game has been canceled due to probable rain. King will be in action again on Wednesday, February 27 at Mars Hill with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.