Belmont Abbey freshman shortstop Dani Marietta drove in three of Belmont Abbey's four runs, all on her first career home run in the bottom of the fourth, but Lincoln Memorial scored seven unanswered runs to earn a 9-4 softball victory this afternoon at the Cougar Classic in Columbus, Georgia. Lincoln Memorial improves to 4-0 while the Crusaders fall to 0-5.
The Crusaders wrap up the tournament with two games Sunday, taking on Tusculum at 10:30 and Wingate at 12:30.
Belmont Abbey was the designated home team and the scoring began in the third as the Railsplitters jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the inning, but the Crusaders quickly knotted the game at one in the bottom of the frame on Shanie McConnell's run scoring single that plated Marietta. Marietta led off the inning reaching on a hit by pitch.
Lincoln Memorial moved back ahead with a run in the fourth, but Marietta pushed the Abbey in front for the first time in the Crusaders next at bat, blasting her first career home run to left center, a three run shot that scored Jena Reisanauer and Amber Faust. Reisanauer and Faust both singled earlier.
Those would be the last Abbey runs of the game, however, as Lincoln Memorial scored four times in the fifth and tacking on three more in the seventh. Five of the eight runs came on home runs.
The Crusaders finished with five hits as five different players had one. Marietta scored two runs and drove in three.
Samantha Smith went the distance to earn the win in the circle for the Railsplitters, as she struck out five and allowed four runs on five hits. Samantha Jacobs fell to 0-4 in the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in two thirds of an inning.