BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey Crusaders dropped a pair of Conference Carolinas games versus Pfeiffer today on #RaisetheRed Day at Crusaders Field.
In game one, the Crusaders mounted a seventh inning rally before falling in extras by a 4-3 count.
Samantha Jacobs took to the circle for the Abbey with a chance to even the club's conference record. Jacob's was up to the task early, holding the Falcons hitless in the first three frames.
Jena Reisenauer would give Jacobs an early lead, launching a home run to center just over the glove of Falcons centerfielder Chandler Walker to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The clout was the sixth of the year for Reisenauer, giving the team lead.
Pfeiffer (23-13, 9-3 CC) would answer back in the fourth, scratching a pair of hits and an unearned to even the affair.
In the sixth, Pfeiffer would gain their first advantage as Jessica Jackson doubled to score Walker to take a 2-1 lead.
That would spell the end of the night for Jacobs, who tossed six frames, giving up the pair of runs on six punch-out's.
In the seventh, Pfeiffer would add insurance, as Rachel Crowder homered off of reliever Peyton Wilson to extend the lead to 3-1.
In the seventh, Sam Jarmusch would come on to close the deal for the Falcons, but the Abbey had other ideas.
With Alexis Pereiro on first to lead off the inning, Mackenzie Dziendziel would single and trail a double steal with Pereiro to place the potential tying run in scoring position. Brooke Pegram singled, scoring Pereiro to trim the lead to 3-2.
Sloane McPeak would lift a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Dziendziel and spoiling the save bid for Pfeiffer.
With Pfeiffer's Walker placed at third as part of the international tiebreaker, the Falcons used a sac bunt and a groundout to manufacture the game's final run.
The Crusaders opportunity to knot the game was thwarted by a pickoff at second.
Wilson took the loss for the Abbey, falling to 3-2 on the 2016 campaign. Jarmusch would clutch the win in relief, her fourth of the year.
In game two, the Falcons would use a pair of two run outbursts to foil the Crusaders effort to salvage a split.
Laura Williams got the start in game two and fell upon some misfortune in the third inning.
The Falcons took the two run lead in an inning that saw a fielding error, hit by pitch, passed ball and one base hit that accounted for the two unearned runs.
In the sixth, Pfeiffer would generate the needed distance to take the second game, as the Falcons scratched out the two runs on four hits, highlighted by a Kiana Millsaps solo shot to lead off the frame.
In the seventh, the Crusaders would get the would-be tying run to the plate after a Dziendziel infield single. But the rally was thwarted as Sam Jarmusch would record the final out on a comebacker from Brooke Pegram to end the threat.
On the day, Jarmusch would earn both wins to take her record to 5-2. Williams would fall to 2-5 after the setback.
The Crusaders (10-22, 4-8 in CC) wrapped 17 hits in the twin bill, as Selena Thompson had a pair of multi-hit games, while Brooke Pegram and Alexis Pereiro had a trio of hits in the finale.
The Crusaders will now set their sights on Saturday, April 2, as they welcome the Lees-McRae Bobcats for a 2:00 PM doubleheader.