Playing for the first time since March 2, the Belmont Abbey softball team was swept at Wingate this afternoon by scores of 11-0 (5 innings) and 5-3 at the Wingate Softball Complex. The Crusaders fall to 7-18, while Wingate improves to 20-10.
In the opener, the Bulldogs scored nine times in the second inning (eight of which were unearned after a Crusaders error) and added one in the third and another in the fourth. Katherine Starnes and Nicole Stovall were the only Crusader to reach base as they drew consecutive walks in the third inning.
Stacey Houser improved to 11-4 in the victory as she held the Crusaders hitless, striking out four. Samantha Jacobs took the loss, allowing nine runs, but only one earned, in an inning and two thirds.
In the nightcap the Abbey took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second as Lexi Poston scored on a passed ball, and then Amber Faust came around to score on the play when she raced to third but the throw sailed into the outfield, giving the Abbey a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs knotted the game at two in the third but the Abbey immediately went back ahead in the fourth as Faust reached on a one out error, moved to second on a single by Starnes and scored on Stovall's double to left.
Those would be the Abbey's last runs of the game as Wingate surged ahead in the bottom of the frame with two runs. It added another in the fifth to close the scoring and produce a 5-3 victory.
Miranda Paul upped her record to 2-0 as she gave up three unearned runs on nine hits, striking out three. Catelyn Presley took the loss after giving up five runs, three earned, on 12 hits in six innings.