BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey softball team ended their season win a 6-4 win over St. Andrews Saturday. The Crusaders honored their seniors before the doubleheader as Dani Marietta, Mackenzie Dziendziel, Katherine Starnes, Shannan Mas, and Addison Bolick received special recognition for their contributions to the team. The Crusaders split the doubleheader with the Knights, with both games ending with a 6-4 score.
On the day Marietta and Kelkcee Fulton both had three base knocks. Dziendziel and Melissa Neyhouse each recorded two hits on the afternoon with Peyton Wilson and Alyssa Sciaudone driving in three runs apiece. Shannon Mas recorded the win in game two.
In game one, the Knights struck first in the third, scoring a run after two singles. St. Andrews added four more runs in the fourth, taking advantage of a home run, two singles, and three walks.
The Crusaders responded in the bottom of the fourth when Sciaudone homered over the left-centerfield wall. The blast scored Selena Thompson, who had singled, and brought the score to 5-2. The Knights scored their last run in the fifth and The Abbey responded with two runs in the sixth, sparked by Dziendziel. Dziendziel smoked an RBI single through the right side of the infield then initiated a double steal that allowed Fulton to score. The offense would not be able to overcome the remaining deficit as the game ended with the 6-4 score.
In game two, The Abbey took the lead in the first inning when Marietta doubled in Dziendziel and Wilson drove in Marietta. St. Andrews managed a run in the second after back-to-back hits and scratched another in the third. The Crusaders pushed four runs across in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of RBI singles from Neyhouse and Wilson. Thompson added another run with a ground ball and The Abbey held a 6-2 lead.
St. Andrews was able to collect two more runs in the fourth off a home run but that was all the Crusaders would allow as the claimed the 6-4 victory. Annabeth Watkins tossed 5.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
Belmont Abbey ends its season 10-30-2.