Softball Loses Pair to Columbus State

Softball Loses Pair to Columbus State

By Brian Rushing

The Belmont Abbey Crusaders softball team was swept on Saturday by Columbus State. The Cougars used early offense to upend the Crusaders in game one by an 8-3 score.  The Cougars then finished off the sweep by cruising to a 10-1 game two outcome that was stopped in the fifth inning. The Crusaders fell to 2-2 on the season, as Columbus State upped their mark to 3-3.
In game one, Sloane McPeak continued her torrid open to the new year with a two run homer that gave the Crusaders an early cushion for Shannan Mas.   The lead would not stand however, as the Cougars clawed ahead with a three spot in the first, followed by a pair of runs in the second. 
The Crusaders would muster only a single run the rest of the way, as McPeak drove Mackenzie Dziendziel home on a third inning single through the circle to trim the lead to 5-3. The run scoring single was the second time Dziendziel crossed home for the game.  McPeak and Dziendziel were the lone Crusaders to have a multi hit game in the opener.
Mas would be saddled with the loss while Peyton Sorrels would pick up her second win of the season.
In game two, the Cougars refused to allow the Abbey off the mat, as Columbus State scored
in each offensive inning to send the crowd home happy and early.
After the Crusaders failed to score with the bases loaded and nobody out, Cougars reliever Sydney Barker got all the help she would need as the Cougars tallied six runs in the first two times at bat.
The exclamation point came in the third inning for Columbus State when Calli Star homered to left, sending the Cougars out to a 6-0 advantage. A three run blast by Elizabeth Perdue would generate the final margin as the Crusaders went down in order to close out game two.
Amelia Saldivar took the loss for the Crusaders, moving her record to 0-1. McPeak wrapped four hits on the afternoon to carry the offense, who will return to action on Wednesday against Tusculum. First pitch for the Wednesday double dip is slated for 1pm.