BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey softball team split its double header with Young Harris this afternoon, by scores of 12-4 YHC and 1-0 BAC. The Crusaders are now 9-27-2 on the season. The Mountain Lions move to 41-11.
In game one, the Crusader offense struck first as they put runners on second and third. Unfortunately, they were unable to bring the runners home. The Mountain Lions scored three runs in the second. In the bottom of the third, Vienna Benavides drew a walk, and scored on a single by Melissa Neyhouse. Then Mackenzie Dziendziel hit a double that brought home fellow senior Dani Marietta to bring The Abbey to within a run at 3-2.
Later, in the fifth inning, Brianna Embler singled up the middle, and was brought home by Neyhouse. Neyhouse would go on to steal home, and make it a 9-4 game. That was all the scoring Belmont Abbey would get for the game as Young Harris took the contest 12-4.
In game two, Neyhouse hit a double to begin the second inning. Claire Doyle brought her home to give Belmont Abbey the 1-0 lead. The highlight in this matchup, however, was freshman pitcher Annabeth Watkins, who threw a complete game shut out. Over the last five innings, Watkins only allowed two Young Harris batter to reach base.
The Abbey threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, when it loaded the bases on a hit by pitch. The team, however, was unable to advance any of the runners.
On the day, Embler went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run. Neyhouse was 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs, and two RBIs. Dziendziel was also solid, going 4-for-5 with a hit by pitch as well as an RBI. Watkins, with the shut out, surrendered just five Young Harris hits on the day, and struck out two.
Belmont Abbey will return to conference action tomorrow, when it visits Pfeiffer for a 4 p.m. double header.