DUE WEST, S.C. -- Brianna Embler totaled five hits and drove in two runs, but Belmont Abbey dropped both games of a softball doubleheader 6-1 and 10-8 Saturday afternoon at Erskine. Peyton Wilson had four hits on the day, including three in the nightcap, while Selena Thompson was three-for-four with two runs scored in her only appearance, also in the second game.
The conclusion of the doubleheader was an exciting back-and-forth affair that was decided on a two-run walk-off home run by Erskine's Chandler Crawford. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Belmont Abbey immediately answered with a four-run second. Alyssa Sciaudone led off with a single, then moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt. A throwing error on a bunt single by Thompson scored Alexa Panzano, who pinch ran for Sciaudone, to cut the lead in half. Thompson later scored on a fielder's choice to even the score, while an error on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly gave the Crusaders a 4-2 lead.
A three-spot in the bottom of the second put the Flying Fleet back ahead, 5-4, but a leadoff homer by Katherine Starnes and a run-scoring single by Wilson pushed The Abbey back ahead in the third. Erskine scored three in the fourth before another Crusader rally. Embler and Neyhouse each delivered two-out RBI singles to even the game at 8.
Crawford's home run on an 0-1 count with one out in the bottom of the seventh was the difference, despite a 13-9 advantage in hits for Belmont Abbey. Annabeth Watkins (2-4) took the loss.
In the opener, the Crusaders fell behind 6-0 after five innings as the Flying Fleet plated three in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth. The Abbey broke onto the scoreboard in the sixth when Wilson led off a single and was replaced by a pinch runner Kelkcee Fulton. After a Neyhouse single and pinch hit out, Dani Marietta drove home Fulton with a hit down the left field line. Starter Alyssa Buell suffered the loss to fall to 0-1.
Belmont Abbey returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts North Greenville in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.