BELMONT, N.C. - Melissa Neyhouse hit a homerun and got walked in the second game of a doubleheader against Queens, in which each team won a game. The split puts The Abbey at 4-4 in 2018. The Royals are now 7-2.
In game 1, Queens scored in the top of the first, but the Crusaders responded in the bottom of the inning when Peyton Wilson doubled to right center, scoring Neyhouse and Brooke Pegram. Later in the sixth, Alyssa Sciaudone hit a double that brought home Anna Mixa to bring The Abbey to within a run at 4-3.
Queens scored an additional run in the seventh to pull ahead 5-3. A wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh scored Brianna Embler, making it a 5-4 game, and put Pegram on third base. The Crusaders, however, came up just short of the win as a line out to shortstop ended the game.
Chace Helms struck out three Royals in 4.1 strong innings of relief pitching.
In game 2, Queens went up 2-0 in the second inning, before Alyssa Sciaudone singled in Embler to put The Abbey on the board. Morgan Smith hit a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at two. Then in the bottom of the third, Neyhouse hit the homerun that gave the Crusaders a 4-2 advantage.
In the top of the seventh, the game ended in unusual fashion. With a runner on first base, Queens hit a homerun. However, the Queens baserunner forgot to tag third base. Thus, Belmont Abbey Head Coach Brooke McCraw won her appeal, and the Queens baserunner was called out. This was the final out of the game, and Belmont Abbey took the 4-3 victory.
Ivorie Maltby threw a complete game for the Crusaders, giving up just one earned run and striking out five.
Neyhouse, Sciaudone, and Wilson each had two RBIs on the day for The Abbey.
Belmont Abbey will next welcome Catawba College on Thursday, February 15. That DH will begin at 1 p.m.