The Belmont Abbey softball team evened its Conference Carolinas record at 3-3 after sweeping the visiting Barton Bulldogs by matchign 3-1 scores this afternoon at Crusader Field. Belmont Abbey, playing for the first time in seven days, improves to 6-13 overall and 3-3 in the league, while Barton drops to 3-14 overall and 0-6 in league play.
In the opener, Belmont Abbey jumped ahead 5-0 after four innings and held off a late Barton charge to grab the opener, 5-3.
Belmont Abbey opened the scoring in the first with three runs, the first coming on Sloane McPeak's single that plated Alexis Pereiro, followed by a two RBI single from Nicole Stovall that chased home McPeak and Amber Faust.
Three innings later, the lead grew to 5-0 as Brooke Pegram scampered home on a Barton throwing error as Pereiro dropped a sacrifice bunt.
Barton broke through in the fifth with two runs, scoring the first on a bases loaded walk and the other on a Betsy Braswell single to left that scored Rachel Jordan.
In the sixth, the Abbey lead dipped to 5-3 as Liz White led off with a double, moved to third on a single to left by Megan Kelly and scored on an infield single by Kaitlin Staley.
Samantha Jacobs made the lead stand up, as she moved her record to 2-6 as she gave up two runs on three hits in six and two-thirds innings, striking out one. Ashlyn Reagan fell to 0-7 as she allowed three runs on one hit in a third of an inning, walking two.
Stovall finished 3-3 with two RBI to lead the Abbey, which totaled nine hits. Pereiro added two hits.
In the nightcap, Barton moved ahead 1-0 in the first, but the Crusaders matched the run in the bottom of the inning as Faust's single scored Periero.
The Crusaders took the lead one inning later as they scored two runs, the first on Dziendziel's single to left that scored Stovall. Dziendziel later scored on Mixa's single to left for a 2-1 Crusaders lead.
After Barton pulled one back in the the third to close the Abbey's lead to 3-2, the Crusaders countered with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Amber Faust led off with a single, then moved to second on an infield single by Alyssa Sciaudone. Nikki Faust sacrificed both runners up one base, and then Amber Faust scored on a wild pitch, followed by a single from Stovall that scored Sciaudone, which increased the Abbey's lead to 5-3.
That was all of the scoring until the top of the seventh when Barton threatened to overtake the Crusaders lead, as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs. After Taylor Bowden's double to left scored Jordan, Braswell was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Nikki Faust struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the win.
Nikki Faust went the distance as she allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits. She struck out two. Reagan suffered the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in two and one-thirds innings.
The Crusaders finished with ten hits as Amber Faust and Mixa both led the way with two each.