The Belmont Abbey softball team dropped both games at Newberry this afternoon, dropping the opener 8-6 and falling in the nightcap 5-3. Belmont Abbey is now 6-15, while the Wolves improve to 16-11.
In game one, the Crusaders battled back from an 8-2 deficit by scoring one in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but the Wolves held on for the victory.
Freshman third baseman Sloane McPeak finished 3-3 with four RBI with a double and homer as she almost single handedly pulled the Crusaders back from that 8-2 hole.
McPeak gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead in the third on a two run homer to left. Newberry chopped the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Newberry bolted ahead with two runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth after the Crusaders scored one in the top of the fifth on Amber Faust's RBI single that scored McPeak.
Trailing 8-2, the Crusaders began their comeback in the sixth as they scored three times, one on Mackenzie Dziendziel's single to left that chased home Nicole Stovall, and two more on McPeak's single back up the middle that allowed Dziendziel and Brooke Pegram to come home.
The offensive momentum stalled there, however, as the Crusaders went down in order in the seventh.
Madison Burnett moved her record to 8-3 in the win, as she gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out four. Shannan Mas fell to 1-3 as she allowed three runs on seven hits in three and one thirds innings.
In game two, all of the runs came in single innings as the Wolves plated five in the second while all three of the Abbey's runs came in the seventh.
Down to its final three outs and without a hit in the game, Belmont Abbey scored three runs on four hits.
After a leadoff groundout, Anna Mixa broke up the no hitter with a double to left. She moved to third on McPeak's infield single and scored on Amber Faust's deep foulout to left for the first Crusader run.
Dani Marietta followed with a walk, then Shanie McConnell cut the Crusaders deficit to 5-3 with a ringing double to center, scoring Marietta and Kasey Boughman, who entered as a pinch runner for McPeak.
Jena Reisenauer kept the game alive with a pinch hit single to right, moving McConnell to third and putting the tying run on base, but a strikeout ended the game.
Maude McCourry went the distance in the circle for the Wolves as she moved her record to 5-1. She gave up three runs on four hits, striking out three.
Alyssa Buell fell to 0-2 as she gave up four runs, only one earned, however, on three hits in an inning of work.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Saturday at 2:00 when it welcomes Southern Wesleyan.