The Belmont Abbey softball team lost both games at North Greenville in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader this afternoon, dropping the opener 3-2 in eight innings and losing 7-0 in the nightcap. North Greenville improves to 23-12 overall and 9-5 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 9-28 overall and 3-7 in league play.
Today's games started a ten game road swing to close the regular season, with eight of those games against conference opponents. Belmont Abbey travels to Lees-McRae tomorrow.
In the opener, Shanie McConnell put the Crusaders ahead 1-0 in the top of the third with a solo homer, but North Greenville moved ahead in the bottom of inning on back-to-back homers from Rachel Glazebrook and Morgan Roach.
Two innings later Belmont Abbey knotted the contest at two as McConnell reached on a strikeout as the ball was dropped and she beat the throw. Hali Botzenhart moved her to second with a single to third, and she came around to score on a passed ball as the Roach's throw was wild.
Samantha Jacobs kept North Greenville off the board in the seventh after it put runners on first and second with two outs, but a groundout sent the game to extra innings.
In the eighth, McConnell was placed on second as the international tiebreaker rule is in effect. Botzenhart moved her to third with a bunt single, but she was left stranded with two foulouts and a flyout to right.
North Greenville claimed the win in the bottom of the inning without the benefit of a hit. Sarah Armstrong began the inning on second and she scored on two wild pitches to give North Greenville the victory.
Glazebrook struck out 14 Crusaders as she earned the complete game victory. She gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits. Jacobs fell to 2-5 in the loss as she allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking six.
Botzenhart totaled two of the Abbey's three hits with McConnell's homer being the other.
In the nightcap, North Greenville jumped ahead 2-0 in the second on a two run homer by Heather Singleton.
The Crusaders added four more in the fourth and another in the fifth to cap the scoring.
Armstrong earned the win in the circle as she tossed a complete game four hit shutout, striking out four and walking none. Nikki Faust yielded six runs, five earned, in the opening three and two-thirds innings. She struck out two.