The Belmont Abbey softball team dropped both games of its doubleheader this afternoon at Carson-Newman, falling in the opener 4-1 and losing the nightcap by a score of 5-0. The Abbey falls to 0-9, while the Eagles move to 6-0.
Today's doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Crusader Field, but the recent snowstorm deemed the field unplayable. It was also the Abbey's first doubleheader in a week after the last four scheduled games were postponed due to the snow.
After playing their first nine games on the road, the Crusaders will host Catawba Tuesday at 1:00 in the home opener.
In the first game, Carson-Newman scored all four of its runs in the first inning, plating the first run on an RBI single to center by Brittany Heffner. One batter later, Sara Kelly smashed a three run homer to right that extended the lead to 4-0.
The Crusaders threatened in the second as Dani Marietta reached third with no outs. She led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Shanie McConnell's single to center. After McConnell was cut down trying to steal second, the inning ended on a strikeout and a groundout.
The Abbey broke through for a run in the fifth as Katherine Starnes reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning. She moved to second on a fielder's choice and raced to third on Nicole Stovall's single up the middle.
After a lineout, Amber Faust ripped a single to left center plating Starnes for the Abbey's first run and putting two more runners in scoring position but two strikeouts ended the threat.
Belmont Abbey outhit the Eagles 9-6 as Marietta, Faust and Kinsey McClure all had two. Starnes, McConnell and Stovall each had one.
Samantha Jacobs struck out nine batters as she allowed four runs on six hits, walking seven. Sarah Howard earned the win after allowing one run on six hits, striking out six and walking two.
Game two started just like the first, as the Eagles struck for four runs in the bottom of the first, using a leadoff homer, an RBI single and a two RBI triple.
Carson-Newman closed the scoring in the fourth on an RBI single to center by Elayna Siebert.
The Crusaders best scoring chance came in the fifth as Starnes ripped a two out single and moved to third on a double by Kaitlyn Jones. Both runners were left stranded on a groundout.
Catelyn Presley took the loss after giving up five runs on 11 hits, walking one. Kalyn Davis went the distance for the Eagles, allowing just four hits.
Four different Crusaders had one hit each. Marietta clubbed a sixth inning double.