BELMONT, NC – The Belmont Abbey softball team went 1-0-1 today against USC Aiken. The Crusaders took game 1 by a score of 2-0. Game two ended in a 4-4 tie. The Abbey is now 2-7-1 on the year, while the Pacers are now 2-1-1.
In game one, Belmont Abbey struck early, when it capitalized on three Pacer errors in the first inning, capped by a Brianna Embler run, for a 1-0 lead. Later in the sixth, Melissa Neyhouse walked, and made it to second on a passed ball. Senior Danielle Marietta doubled down the left field line, scoring Neyhouse, to give the Crusaders an insurance run.
Shannan Mas threw a complete game, giving up just three Pacer hits, while striking out five. USC Aiken only reached third base once in the contest.
In the second game, Belmont Abbey again struck first, with three runs in the first inning. Embler singled to start the game, and Mackenzie Dziendziel doubled her home. After that, junior Anna Mixa hit a blast to center field, giving the Crusaders a 3-0 lead.
The Pacers took a 4-3 lead in the third. The Abbey, though, responded in the fourth when junior Brooke Pegram hit a double to right field, scoring Kelkcee Fulton from second. Belmont Abbey continued to show its impressive offense, getting runners to third base multiple times later. Unfortunately, nobody crossed home after the fourth, and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Embler and Dziendziel each went 2-for-4 in the game, while Mixa was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Head Coach Brooke McCraw offered the following comments on today's action: "These were two exciting games to be a part of. Shannan Mas brought her best pitching today. Going into tomorrow we need the same energy to compete against a tough Columbus State team."
Belmont Abbey will be back for more action tomorrow, when it hosts Columbus State. First pitch is set for 2pm.