SPARTANBURG, SC - Belmont Abbey Softball picked up a pair of wins in Spartanburg on Saturday over Converse by scores of 8-7 and 12-2. The pair of wins serve as the first Conference Carolinas doubleheader sweep of the season, pushing the Abbey record to 13-25, 7-9 in conference play.
In game one, the Crusaders scored runs in each of the first three innings, giving starting pitcher Samantha Jacobs an early cushion. Of the five runs scored in the early frames, only Mackenzie Dziendziel's two run single were considered earned runs.
Staked out to an early lead, Jacobs would get to the fifth inning allowing just a single unearned run before handing the ball to Shannan Mas.
The Valkyries offense would come alive in the fifth and sixth innings, as Converse scored six run in the two turns at bat to take a 7-6 lead. The lead change would prompt Samantha Jacobs back inside the circle, where she would end the surge to keep the lead at one for Converse.
The game would swing just as violently in the seventh, as Sloane McPeak would step to the plate following a misplayed fly ball that placed Brooke Pegram at second. McPeak would drill a two run opposite field homer to right, retaking the lead for the Abbey at 8-7.
Jacobs would seal the comeback, pitching a perfect seventh to pick up the win, her fourth of the year.
McPeak would record the lone multi hit game for the Abbey, as the Crusaders picked up just five safeties in the opener.
In game two, things would be a tad easier for the Abbey, as the offense would collect 16 hits in the 12-2 finale.
Tied in a 2-2 game going into the fourth, Belmont Abbey would break out with a five run fourth, followed by a single run in the fifth and a four run sixth to set up the mercy rule win.
In the fourth, the Abbey sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four of the five runs with two out.
The sixth inning saw ten batters appear, as four plated, upping the lead to ten runs.
Williams earned the win in game two, scattering three hits in her fourth win on the season.
Tuesday, the Crusaders will head east to play UNC- Pembroke in a pair of evening contests beginning at 5pm.