The Belmont Abbey softball team raised its winning streak to six with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting St. Andrews Knights this afternoon at Crusader Field. The Abbey won the opener 3-0 behind freshman Sloane McPeak's three run homer in the third, and earned the sweep with a 4-2 victory in game two as Amber Faust broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI pinch hit single, followed by Dani Marietta's two RBI double.
The Crusaders winning streak grows to six as they improve to 14-19, while the Knights fall to 11-23.
Belmont Abbey's six game winning streak is the longest since the 2006 season, which also was six games. The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 51-21 during the run.
In the opener, McPeak gave pitcher Shannan Mas the only runs she would need as she clubbed her eighth homer of the year, a three run shot to left.
Mas dominated the Knights as she tossed a two hitter, striking out four in six innings. Freshman Alyssa Buell gave up a hit in the seventh, but no more as she recorded her first career save.
Mas moved her record to 2-4 in the win. Mary Cross fell to 0-3 in the defeat.
In game two, the contest was tied at one until the sixth when the Crusaders powered ahead 4-1 with a pair of clutch pinch hits in the bottom of the sixth.
Anna Mixa delivered a one out single to left, followed by a Shanie McConnell single to right. Faust entered the game as pinch hitter for Katherine Starnes, and her single to center chased home Mixa for the winning run.
Two batters later, Marietta ripped a two RBI double to right, scoring Faust and Nicole Stovall to break the lead open to 4-1.
The Knights scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh, but Nikki Faust did not allow any more damage to earn the save for starter Samantha Jacobs. The junior from Salisbury fanned eight and walked none while allowing one run on five hits in six innings. She moves her record to 5-9. Faust's save is her first of the season.
Corrine Eosso took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in an inning of relief, entering the circle in the sixth after starting in right field.
St. Andrews grabbed the early lead in the first, scoring on a wild pitch, but McPeak tied the game in the fourth as she ripped a single to center, scoring Pereiro to knot the game at one.
Belmont Abbey finished with eight hits as Pereiro led the way with two. Dziendziel, McPeak, Mixa, McConnell, Amber Faust and Marietta all had one.