The Belmont Abbey softball team scored winning runs in the bottom of the seventh in both games against the visiting Queens Royals this afternoon, as Shanie McConnell's two RBI double in game one gave the Crusaders a 10-9 win, and Jena Reisanauer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap gave the Abbey the sweep with a 4-3 victory. Belmont Abbey is now 3-3 on the year, while the Royals drop to 1-9.
In the opener, Belmont Abbey rallied back from a 7-0 deficit after the Royals opened the scoring with seven runs in the third, but the Crusaders began to chip away in the bottom of the frame.
The Royals added two more in the fifth to up the lead to 9-3, but the Crusaders mounted a comeback in the bottom of the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, the Crusaders scored three times on one swing of the bat, as Amber Faust clouted a double to the wall in right center, scoring Mixa, Reisenauer and Dani Marietta to close the gap to 9-6.
Queens tacked on another run in the sixth, as Hanna Hasker's double scored Taylor Rosenbaum to increase the lead to 10-6.
Belmont Abbey did not threaten in the sixth, and after the Royals did not score in the seventh, the Crusaders were down to their final three outs, and they came through by scoring five times, all with two outs, to earn the victory.
After a leadoff groundout, Reisenauer singled to left and was replaced by Alexis Pereiro. Marietta followed with an infield single, then Faust walked to load the bases. Katherine Starnes, pinch hitting for Brooke Pegram, fouled out deep to leftfield, but it was deep enough for Pereiro to cut the lead to 10-7.
Stovall then reached on a Royals error, which chased home Marietta for the eighth run, and Mackenzie Dziendziel ripped a double off the leftfield wall, scoring Faust, to get the Crusaders to within one at 10-9.
McConnell then came to the plate, and her double on a 1-2 count landed just fair inside the leftfield line scoring Stovall and Dziendziel with the tying and winning runs as the Crusaders capped the comeback.
Shanna Mas, the third and final pitcher of the day for the Crusaders, earned the win as she walked one in an inning of scoreless work. She did not give up a hit. Catelyn Presley fell to 1-3 as she gave up 11 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits in six and two-thirds innings. She did not strike out a batter.
Belmont Abbey rapped out 13 hits as Dziendziel collected three. McConnell, Reisenauer and Faust all had two with Faust driving in three runs.
In the nightcap, the Crusaders struck first in the bottom of the second as Nikki Faust reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a Starnes single and up to third on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, she scored on a Queens miscue off the bat of Dziendziel for a 1-0 lead.
The Royals surged ahead in the third with two runs, but the Crusaders fired right back in the fifth, scoring twice on a single by Marietta and another by Nikki Faust, which scored Marietta from third after reaching there on an error on the previous play.
That was all of the scoring until the seventh, when the Royals plated the tying run after being down by one.
The top of the seventh began with the Royals Amada Meade reaching on a leadoff error, which was Queens's first base runner since the third as Nikki Faust had retired the previous 11 consecutive batters.
Meade moved up one base on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third. A popout to second left the Abbey one out away from a sweep, but Taylor Cheek delivered a single to the gap in right center, scoring Meade with the tying run.
Cheek would move to third on a pinch hit single by Venus Gonzalez, but a flyout ended the inning, sending the game to the bottom of the seventh tied at three.
The game lasted one more batter, as Reisenauer, who fouled the first pitch over the leftfield wall but foul by 15 feet, fouled off three pitches before she clubbed the walk-off homer to left, giving the Crusaders a 4-3 victory.
Nikki Faust ran her record to 1-1 in the complete game victory, as she allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits. She did not walk or strike out a batter. Evie Scott, in relief of starter Whitley Baker, fell to 0-2 as she yielded the winning run on the only hit she allowed in an inning and two-thirds.
Belmont Abbey finished with ten hits as McPeak led the way with three with Marietta totaling a pair.