The Belmont Abbey softball team opened Conference Carolinas play with a loss and a win at Erskine this afternoon, dropping the opener 7-6 but rallying to win the nightcap 7-5. Belmont Abbey is now 4-11 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Flying Fleet's record stands at 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the league.
In the opener, the Crusaders surged ahead 6-1 before Erskine scored six unanswered runs, capped by a walkoff in the seventh to earn a 7-6 win.
Belmont Abbey led 4-0 after one inning as the Crusaders used two extra base hits to score four runs in the first. Sloane McPeak's double scored Mackenzie Dziendziel, followed by Jena Reisanauer's three run homer, scoring McPeak and Dani Marietta.
Erskine touched Samantha Jacobs for a run in the third, followed by four more in the fifth as Chandler Crawford ripped a bases loaded triple. She then scored on a wild pitch to close the Abbey's lead to 6-5.
In the sixth, Gabby Keisler's solo homer tied the game at six and the Fleet won in walk-off fashion in the seventh, as Keisler struck again, lacing a single that scored Sydney Smith with the winning run, coming with two outs.
Kaylin White, the third and final Erskine pitcher of the day, moved her record to 1-0 as she held the Crusaders hitless over two scoreless innings, striking out two. Jacobs fell to 1-4 as she gave up seven runs on eight hits in six and two-thirds, striking out five.
McPeak totaled two of the Abbey's seven hits. Reisanauer drove in three runs, all on her first inning homer.
The tables were turned in game two as it was the Crusaders that used late inning offensive prowess to win the game.
After McPeak's RBI single in the first, scoring Dziendziel, gave the Abbey a 1-0 lead, Erskine fired right back with two in the fourth to move ahead 2-1.
Belmont Abbey fired right back with five runs in the fifth, four coming on a grand slam by Reisanauer, her second homer in as many games and her seventh RBI of the doubleheader. McPeak drove in the other run with a single that scored Pegram.
After Reisanauer made the score 6-2, the Crusaders tacked on a valuable insurance run in the sixth as Marietta reached on an error, allowing Pegram to score an unearned run from third to widen the gap to 7-2.
Erskine did not go away quietly, as it plated three runs in the sixth, but Mixa, who came in for relief of Reisanauer in the fifth, earned the save as she retired the side in order in the seventh.
Reisanauer earned her first win of the year in the circle as she retired both batters she faced. Mixa worked the final three innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits. Reisanauer had three of the Abbey's ten hits. McPeak and Pegram had two each.