The Belmont Abbey softball team lost both games of its doubleheader at Coker this afternoon, falling in the opener 16-1 in five innings and losing the nightcap 6-5 after leading 5-0. Belmont Abbey falls to 4-15 while Coker improves to 7-6.
The Crusaders play their next four games in two days at home, starting with a Saturday doubleheader against Barton at 1:30.
In the opener, Coker plated five in the bottom of the first and added seven more in the third. Belmont Abbey scored its run in the fourth.
Mackenzie Dziendziel led off with a triple and scored on Brooke Baliles's single to left. The Cobras scored four in the bottom of the frame and the Crusaders went down in order in the fifth as the game ended there.
Dziendziel, Baliles and Amber Faust each had one hit for the Crusaders.
Jena Reisanauer took the loss after giving up 16 runs, only nine earned, on 15 hits in four innings. Lauren Phillips worked three scoreless innings, walking one, to earn the win.
In the second game the Crusaders scored all five of their runs in the top of the fourth to jump ahead 5-0.
Kaitlyn Jones led off with a single and raced to third when Dani Marietta reached on an error. Kinsey McClure sacrificed her home on a fly ball, and Marietta made it 2-0 on Baliles's single to center.
Logan Phillips came in to run for Baliles, and Dziendziel moved her to second on a single to left. She scored on an error off the bat of Faust, who later scored on another Coker error that also chased home Dziendziel for a 5-0 Abbey lead.
Coker pulled two back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game at five two innings later as all three runs scored on two Abbey errors.
Tied at five heading into the seventh, Marietta reached scoring position but was cut down at third on a fielder's choice.
The Cobras won the game in the bottom of the seventh as catcher Stacy Burr hit a solo homer with two outs for the winning run.
Tabitha Allen held the Abbey scoreless over the final three and two-thirds innings, striking out four.
Marietta and McClure both finished with two hits as the Abbey totaled seven in the game.