Crusader Trio Earns Multi-Hit Games in Thursday Doubleheader

Crusader Trio Earns Multi-Hit Games in Thursday Doubleheader

BELMONT, N.C. -- Katherine Starnes, Mackenzie Dziendziel and Melissa Neyhouse registered multiple-hit games Thursday, but North Greenville took both games of a Conference Carolinas doubleheader from Belmont Abbey, 8-3 and 7-4. The games were originally scheduled for yesterday, but moved back a day due to weather.

Starnes picked up a pair of singles in the opener and another in the nightcap for a three-hit day, while Dziendziel homered in the first game before two hits in the second to also reach three hits overall.

After falling behind 2-0 in the opener, Belmont Abbey (6-22-2, 4-10) cut the lead in half on Dziendziel's one-out round-tripper. The visitors (26-16, 12-4) pushed the lead 4-1 with two runs in the fourth and to 8-1 with four in the sixth before The Abbey started a comeback.

Peyton Wilson singled to center and was replaced by pinch runner Kelkcee Fulton. A wild pitch before Neyhouse stroked a hit to left put runners on the corners. A double-steal attempt saw Neyhouse thrown out, but Fulton cut the lead to 8-2.

In the seventh, Starnes led off with a single before also being lifted for a pinch runner. Claire Doyle drew a walk, then both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Kaitlin Moore delivered a pinch-hit single to center for an RBI, but a double play ended the contest.

Starter Annabeth Watkins took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season.

Belmont Abbey fell behind 5-0 after two innings but climbed right back into the contest with four in the third. Brianna Embler, Dziendziel and Wilson singled to load the bases before Neyhouse delivered a hit to make the score 5-1. One out later, Alyssa Sciaudone squeezed run-scoring single through the right side, then everyone moved up when the right fielder failed to make a clean play. As the runners advanced, the first baseman committed another error on a throw to third, allowing two more runs to cross the plate.

North Greenville immediately answered with a run in the fourth, then added a solo home in the fifth for the final margin. 

Tina Sanders, making her first start and second appearance of the season, took the loss.

Belmont Abbey continues a busy stretch of games in the next week when it hosts Southern Wesleyan on Saturday.