Crusaders Drop Two to Queens

Crusaders Drop Two to Queens
The Belmont Abbey Crusaders returned to action after 11 days off to face the Queens University of Charlotte Royals this afternoon at Park Road Park.  Queens jumped out to an early lead in game one, cruising to a 10-4 win.  In game two, the Crusaders fell behind 4-0, but took a 5-4 lead into the Royals final at-bat.  However, some late game heroics thwarted the Crusader's bid at a split, giving Queens a 6-5 win to earn the sweep. The losses move the Abbey's record to 4-10 on the year, with Queens going to 7-9.
 
In game one, the Crusaders were never able to overcome a slow start, as Queens jumped out to leads of 4-0 and 8-1 in the 10-4.  Samantha Jacobs exited after two innings, giving up the four runs on five hits, while striking just two in the outing.
The Crusaders did hit four homers in the opener, as Mackenzie Dziendziel led the team with two solo shots in the first game.  Katherine Starnes and Jena Reisenauer also clubbed homers in the first contest, but a lack of baserunners in game one created little opportunity to close the gap in the late innings.  Jacobs took the loss, with Dziendziel's two homers being the lone multi hit performer.  Alyssa Sciaudone picked up the fifth hit in game one, a single in the second inning.
In game two, the Crusaders fell behind again by a 4-0 score, but responded in game two with a two run rally in the fifth inning to cut the lead in half.  The Abbey would enter the seventh trailing by a 4-2 score, but would rally for three runs, all with two down in the frame to take a 5-4 lead to the bottom of the seventh. 
The seventh inning didn't initially look promising, as Alexis Pereiro would get to second with two down.  Brooke Pegram would make it close,however, doubling in Pereiro to cut the lead to one.  Sloane McPeak would put the Abbey on top for the first time with a critical two run homer, giving Samantha Jacobs a chance to pick up a win in the nightcap.
In the end, Queens would muster the winning margin in the bottom of the seventh, as Hannah Hasker hit a two run walkoff bomb to send the Crusaders deeper into their losing skid.  The loss would Jacobs to 2-5 on the year, as Evie Scott gets her first win of the season.
The Abbey picked up 9 hits in game two, as McPeak, Pereiro, Pegram and Jena Reisenauer each scratched out a pair of hits in the loss. 
The Crusaders will now go to spring break, playing six games in three days next week.  The home stand begins next Thursday against Erskine in Conference Carolinas play.  First pitch inside the circle will be set for 2:00PM as the Thursday doubleheader will be on the Belmont Abbey Sports Network: www.basn.wgnc.net