The Belmont Abbey softball team gained a doubleheader split against Southern Wesleyan, winning the opener 8-0 in five innings before falling in the nightcap 5-4 in eight innings. Belmont Abbey is now 7-16 overall and 4-4 in league play, while the Warriors are 10-8 overall and 3-1 in Conference Carolinas.
In game one, the offense scored eight runs on nine hits while the defense did not allow a Warriors baserunner to reach third.
In the second inning the Crusader offense exploded, with eleven batters combining for six runs on five hits, all singles. Two innings later, the lead grew to 7-0 on Anna Mixa's RBI single. The game ended in the fifth on Alexis Pererio's bases loaded walk.
Samantha Jacobs tossed a complete game shutout, surrendering three hits, no walks, and striking out four batters.
Allison Parker took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in a inning and two thirds.
Belmont Abbey jumped out to an early lead in the second contest, with seven batters combining for two runs in its first inning, scoring one on an error and another on Jena Reisenauer's single to center that chased home McPeak, who reached on the earlier error.
Southern Wesleyan rallied in the late innings, with a combined three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-2 lead. The Crusaders responded well, recording three hits and scoring off a wild pitch to tie the game at four in the sixth.
With the game deadlocked through seven innings, the Warriors broke through in the eighth. Lizzie Fela, who was placed on second to begin the inning, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Natalie Johnson's single to the gap in right center.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jacobs was placed on second to begin the inning. Dani Marietta sacrificed her to third, putting the tying run just 60 feet away with one out. After a walk to Stovall, the game ended on back-to-back groundouts to the pitcher.
Johnson earned the win in the circle for Southern Wesleyan, as she held the Crusaders to just two hits over one and one thirds scoreless innings. Hunter Hoskins picked up the save after working the final inning. Jacobs took the loss after allowing an unearned run on one hit in two innings, fanning two.
Pereiro recorded three of the Abbey's ten hits. Resenauer added two.
The Crusaders will travel to Pfeiffer on Thursday.