BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Brianna Embler and Melissa Neyhouse gained two hits each in both ends of a Conference Carolinas doubleheader on Saturday, but King posted a pair of wins, 13-6 and 9-2. Four other Crusaders tallied multi-hit games on the afternoon.
In the opening game, Belmont Abbey jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Peyton Wilson singled through the right side to score Embler. After King responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, the Crusaders countered when Vienna Benavides had the first of her two hits in the contest, an RBI double down the left field line. An RBI groundout put the Crusaders back ahead, 3-2.
King responded with four runs in the bottom of the second and two more in the third for an 8-3 lead. Belmont Abbey tried to rally in the fourth, plating three runs on an RBI single by Benavides and a two-run single by Neyhouse, but the Tornado finished off the scoring with four in the fifth and another in the sixth. The Crusaders totalled 13 hits in the contest, including a pair by Alexis Pereiro.
In the nightcap, King opened a 7-0 lead through three innings before Belmont Abbey got on the board. Neyhouse singled in the first run before Dani Marietta drove in a run on a groundout. Mackenzie Dziendziel and Claire Doyle finished the contest with two hits, giving BAC eight for the game.
Belmont Abbey (6-18-2, 4-6) returns to action Friday at Emmanuel.