JEFFERSON CITY, TN - The Belmont Abbey softball team lost a pair of games at Carson-Newman this afternoon. Game scores were 6-2 and 7-6. The Crusaders are now 2-12-2 on the year, while the Eagles moved to 14-4.
In game 1, Belmont Abbey got into scoring position early, as Brianna Embler walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, the team was unable to bring her home. It would be the fifth inning when the Crusaders scored their first run. Sophomore Peyton Wilson doubled and Brooke Pegram singled her home for the first Abbey run of the day. After stealing second and advancing to third, Pegram was brought home by Vienna Benavides. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, Benevides was the last baserunner and Carson-Newman took the opener 6-2.
For the game, Wilson went 2-for-3 to lead the team in hits. Pegram and Kelkcee Fulton pushed runs across for the Crusaders. Sophomore pitcher Amelia Saldivar gave up just one Carson-Newman hit in her 4.2 innings on the mound.
In game 2, the Abbey again struck early, as Benavides singled and Anna Mixa doubled right after. However, neither runner was able to cross home plate. The Abbey got into scoring position multiple times throughout the next several innings. Then in the seventh inning, the offense exploded. The Crusaders got four hits and two runs before recording its second out, highlighted by an RBI double by catcher Katherine Starnes. The team did not stop there. Freshman Melissa Neyhouse doubled, and Mixa followed up with a single to bring Neyhouse home. Later, Alexis Pereiro hit an RBI single to keep the bases loaded and pull the Abbey within a run. Unfortunately, the final out came with the Eagles taking the 7-6 win.
Wilson went 3-for-4 in the second contest, while Neyhouse went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Mixa was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Head Coach Brooke McCraw had some positive comments to make of her team, stating: "We are seeing glimpses of how our team can be successful and competitive against tough competition. We are expecting our strong team to show up against conference play starting this weekend."
The Abbey will next play at Mt. Olive on Saturday, March 4 in the team's conference opener. THe double header will start at 2pm.