The Belmont Abbey Crusaders split a non-conference doubleheader against West Virginia State on Friday, losing game one by a 4-0 final, before earning the split with a game two come from behind win by a score of 9-6. The split moves the Abbey to 3-3 on the year, as West Virginia State opens their schedule 1-1.
In game one, Samantha Jacobs experienced some struggles in the circle for the Abbey, as the senior hurler lasted just four innings in the loss. Jacobs allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking seven Jackets' hitters.
Furthering the struggles for Jacobs was the inability of the Crusaders to generate offense in game one. West Virginia State pitcher Allyson Burg went the distance for the Jackets, retiring 21 of 25 batters faced. The effort earned Burg his first win of the season for the Yellow Jackets.
In game two, the Crusaders continued their less than ideal play, spotting the Jackets a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Amelia Saldivar was able to overcome the sluggish start to remain in the circle for six innings, allowing just two earned runs, while giving the abbey hitters the chance to fire up in the fourth. The six run outburst for the Abbey dissolved a 6-1 lead for the Jackets and would offer Saldivar a chance to pick up her first collegiate win. The Crusaders padded the one run with a two run fifth, where Peyton Wilson would retire the side in order to record the save and salvage the split.
Alyssa Sciaudone helped the Crusaders cause in game two with a three hit performance, driving in three. The effort places Sciaudone in a tie for second in RBI with three other players.
Tomorrow, the Abbey journeys to Lander to take on the Bearcats in a non-conference twin-bill. West Virginia State stays in the metro as they meet the Johnson C Smith Golden Bulls.