BELMONT, N.C. - Shortstop Melissa Neyhouse tallied four hits on the day, including a 3-for-5 game 1 against Francis Marion. The Abbey won the opener 7-6 in nine innings, while Francis Marion University took game two 2-0. The Crusaders now stand at 6-8 in 2018, while the Patriots move to 8-4.
Belmont Abbey plated six runs in the bottom of the second inning of game 1. Alexis Pereiro scored the first run of the inning when Morgan Smith hit a single to left. Later, Brianna Embler reached on a fielder's choice which brought Kaitlin Moore home. Then Brooke Pegram knocked a 2-RBI double to left, scoring Alexis Rogers and Smith. Neyhouse capped the scoring with a single to right to bring home Embler. The Abbey led 6-0 when the inning was done.
Francis Marion scored four in the third, and two in the fifth. The Abbey defense forced a 3-up, 3-down eighth inning. Then in the bottom of the ninth, with Rogers at third, Neyhouse singled up the middle to gave the Crusaders the 7-6 win.
Neyhouse went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBIs. Pegram finished the game with a hit, a run, and two RBIs. Rogers contributed a hit and two runs. Chace Helms (3-2) earned the win, giving up just two runs in 6.2 innings and striking out four.
The second game was more of a pitching battle, with neither team giving up a run until the sixth inning. From the second through the fourth, the Crusader defense did not give up a hit. In the sixth two runs crossed for the Patriots, who closed out the game 2-0. Embler went 2-for-2 in the second game. Ivorie Maltby (1-2) threw a complete game, giving up just two runs and striking out five.
Belmont Abbey will next welcome Young Harris College on Saturday, February 24. That doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m.