Crusaders Split Pair of Games with King

Crusaders Split Pair of Games with King
BELMONT, NC - Belmont Abbey closed out a six game homestand on Saturday, winning their first Conference Carolinas game of the year by knocking off King University in the opener by a 5-4 verdict. King would earn the split by shutting out the Crusaders in the final by a 3-0 score.  The split for King moved their record to 8-14, 3-1 in Conference, as Belmont Abbey goes to 6-16, 1-3. 
In the opener, Samantha Jacobs would pitch six innings, giving up two earned runs to pick up her third win on the year.
The Crusaders would give Jacobs an early lead as Mackenzie Dziendziel would score on a errant throw that occurred as Rachel Pike laid down a sacrifice bunt.
In the third, the lead exchanged hands twice as King plated two in the top of the inning.
The Crusaders would respond in the bottom of the frame, as Sloane McPeak would drive home Pike on a groundout. The Crusaders took the lead as Dani Marietta doubled home Alexandra Saldivar and Casey Boughman to give the Abbey a 4-2 lead.
In the fifth, McPeak would launch a homer to center field to give the Abbey it's largest lead of the day at 5-2. The solo shot was her fourth of the year.
A two run rally in the sixth would cut the lead to a single run as Amelia Saldivar would come on to close out the contest.
Saldivar would retire the side in order, notching her first collegiate save.
Marietta led the seven hit attack for the Abbey, driving home two runs to accompany the multi hit performance.
In game two, the Crusaders were never able to solve Hayley Smothers, who went the distance for her fourth win of 2016. Smothers scattered six hits while striking out two on the night.
Smothers generated all the needed offense herself, stroking a single to right center field, scoring Amber Walker in the second.
King would tack on some insurance in the fourth as the Tornado scored twice in the stanza to lift their lead to 3-0.
King would double up the Crusaders in hits by a 12-6 margin.
Laura Williams was saddled with the loss as the Abbey failed to even the homestand at 3-3.
On Tuesday, the Crusaders will travel to Hickory to face the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. This is the second trip to the Hickory campus as the Crusaders competed earlier in the year at Bears Field. First pitch is slated for 2:00PM.