WILSON, NC - The Belmont Abbey softball team overcame a 5-1 deficit, scoring five runs in the sixth to take game one of a Conference Carolinas doubleheader at Barton. The Crusaders dropped the finale, losing 4-2. After the day the Crusaders move to 8-18 overall and
Samantha Jacobs took to the circle for the Crusaders, seeking her fourth win of the year. The senior was opposed by Liz White, who has given the Abbey problems in recent memory.
The sledding was tough for Jacobs in the early going, as she was captive to a four run second by Barton. All runs in the frame were unearned, giving White the early advantage.
The Abbey would answer with an unearned run in the third, trimming the lead to 4-1. Mackenzie Dziendziel singled to left with one out and reached second on a fielder's choice. Dziendziel would later score on a misplayed fly ball in the outfield off the bat of Brittany Ortiz.
In the fifth, Barton would score an insurance run, spelling the end of the day for Jacobs.
Peyton Wilson would relieve Jacobs, as the move synched perfectly with a five run outburst in the sixth to give the Abbey a late lead.
The Crusaders would get three hits and a pair of Bulldog errors to plate the five runs, with the deciding blow coming off the bat of Sloane McPeak, as her two run single to left would score Brooke Pegram and Lauren Clifford to take a 6-5 lead.
Wilson would take care of the rest, earning the win in relief, as she caused Liz White to end the game with a fly ball to center. The win takes Wilson to 2-0 on the season.
Selena Thompson wrapped three of the team's seven hits in the opener, as McPeak reached the 20 RBI plateau, leading the club.
In the second game, the Crusaders started well, picking up an unearned run to lead 1-0.
The lead, however, was short lived, as Barton would score all its runs in the first three times at bat, owning a 4-1 lead.
Barton would make it stick, allowing just a single run in the fourth, as McPeak would double and score on a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Raphael to bring the game to its final margin.
Hannah Jones would get the win for Barton, pitching the complete game, allowing the single earned run on six hits. Barton is now 7-14, 2-6 in conference play.
Amelia Saldivar was saddled with the loss, taking her record to 1-5.
Brittany Ortiz would collect a pair of hits for the Abbey, as the Crusaders go to 2-3 in Conference Carolinas play, 8-18 overall.
The Crusaders will travel to Barton College Saturday, March 19, for a double header starting at 2:00 PM. Please frequent www.abbeyathletics.com for further information on Crusaders Softball.