BELMONT, NC - Belmont Abbey opened their 2016 Conference Carolinas season at home, falling to Erskine twice at Crusaders Field. The Crusaders dropped an extra inning decision by a 3-1 score. Erskine swept the evening, winning the nightcap by a 3-2 verdict.
Samantha Jacobs started for the Abbey in the opener, pitted against Kaylyn White for Erskine. Both hurlers were on their game, evenly yoked through seven innings, allowing one run each see.
Erskine would answer in the second, executing a double steal, as Chandler Crawford raced home for the equalizer.
The Abbey had a chance to win the contest in both the sixth and seventh innings, but White would solve the Crusaders, leaving five runners on base in the two frames.
It would remain even until the eighth, as Erskine would scratch two runs across, giving Erskine the necessary cushion to win the opener.
Jacobs took the tough luck loss, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six.
Dani Marietta would get the lone multi hit game for the Abbey, reaching base four times in the opener.
In game two, Laura Williams would go opposite Candace Fitch in the nightcap. Williams was spot on, changing speeds and locating three pitches to baffle the Erskine hitters.
Fitch was equally good, going the distance, punching out 10 Abbey hitters on the evening.
The Abbey would score single runs in the first and fourth, staking Williams to a 2-0 lead.
Jena Reisenauer executed a squeeze bunt to perfection, scoring Mackenzie Dziendziel in the first to open the scoring.
Dani Marietta would close the scoring for the Abbey, driving home Sloane McPeak on an opposite field double to right.
Erskine would have the answer in the sixth, as the Fleet sent eight batters to the plate, scoring three runs to go ahead 3-2. Chandler Crawford and Jacquie Hill collected consecutive extra base hits to take the lead for Fitch. Fitch would close out the contest for Erskine, retiring seven of the final eight Abbey hitters to gather her fifth win of the year.
Williams was pegged with the loss, going the whole way, allowing three unearned runs, while striking out four.
McPeak singled twice in game two to account for half of the Crusaders safeties in the game.
The Abbey is back at Crusaders Field to continue the home stand at 2pm against Davis and Elkins. Game one will be on BASN, www.basn.wgnc.net.