FLORENCE, S.C. -- Junior first baseman Alyssa Sciaudone broke a 2-2 tie with her first career home run in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday, lifting Belmont Abbey to a non-conference softball split at Francis Marion. The Crusaders won the opener 3-2 before falling 3-0 in the nightcap.
Sciaudone led off the sixth inning with the tie-breaking blast. The Crusaders had evened the game two innings earlier with a pair of unearned runs after the Patriots struck for single runs in the second and third. BAC tallied three hits in the contest with Briana Embler and Peyton Wilson also finding success at the plate. Annabeth Watkins (1-1) picked up the win in three innings of relief, while Sydney Holland took the loss.
The Crusaders had four hits in the second game, but were unable to see a runner cross the plate. Mackenzie Dziendziel, Melissa Neyhouse, Wilson and Sciaudone each singled. All three Francis Marion runs were tallied unearned in the sixth inning, breaking a scoreless tie. Amelia Saldivar fell to 0-1 with the loss.
Belmont Abbey now stands 1-5 on the young season. The Crusaders wrap up a six-game road swing with a trip to Catawba on Tuesday.