The Belmont Abbey softball team opened its home schedule by getting its first win of the season, taking the second game of a doubleheader 7-1 over Catawba after dropping the opener 8-0 this afternoon at Crusader Field. Belmont Abbey is now 1-10, while Catawba improves to 3-1.
The first game was a one run affair until the Indians scored on a wild pitch and plated two more on a dropped popup to extend the lead to 4-0.
After Catawba used a steal of home in the first to move ahead 1-0, the Abbey threatened in the bottom of the frame, placing runners on second and third with just one out, but two strikeouts ended the inning.
In the fifth, the Indians scored on a wild pitch, and with two outs, a routine popup was dropped, allowing two runners to score.
Catawba added two more in the sixth and seventh innings to earn the 8-0 win.
Samantha Jacobs was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits in six and two-thirds innings. She fanned eight.
Carley Tysinger picked up the win as she scattered three hits over five scoreless innings, striking out ten.
Dani Marietta collected two of the Abbey's four hits, both singles.
In the nightcap, the Crusaders wasted no time jumping out to a 6-0 lead, as they sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first.
The big blow came on Marietta's two run shot off the batting cages in left, her second homer of the year. Shanie McConnell, Nicole Stovall and Logan Phillips added to the tally when they all drew bases loaded walks, which upped the lead to 5-0. Mackenzie Dziendziel capped off the rally with a stinging single to center that brought home McConnell for the sixth run of the inning.
Presley made the lead stand up, as she limited Catawba to just one run, which came in the third on an RBI single by Holli Chandler, while striking out six and walking just one.
The Crusaders added to the lead in the fourth after the first two batters of the frame were retired.
Dziendziel lined a bloop single to center, moved to second when Marietta took a fastball off the knee and scored on Kinsey McClure's single to center, which produced Catawba's third pitching change of the game.
Presley surrendered ten hits, but used a strong defense behind her to avoid any runs from scoring. Caroline Turner gave up six runs on six hits in two thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking four.
Belmont Abbey finished with six hits, with Dziendziel and McClure both recording two. Marietta blasted her second home run, which equaled the total of the Crusaders entire output from 2013. Five of her eight hits this season have gone for extra bases.