BELMONT, N.C. -- Vienna Benavides and Alexis Pereiro each registered two hits in game two and Anna Mixa and Melissa Neyhouse hit safely in both games, but Anderson took a doubleheader from Belmont Abbey Thursday afternoon at Crusader Field. The Trojans won the opener 12-0 in five innings, then rallied for a 6-3 victory in the nightcap.
Belmont Abbey (8-18) started the scoring in the second game with a run in the first. Benevides singled with one out, then took second on a two-out wild pitch. Mixa singled up the middle for the 1-0 lead.
Anderson (18-6) tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, but the Crusader immediately went back in front. Alexis Pereiro reached on an infield single before an error put runners on first and second. After a passed ball moved the runners up 60 feet, Brooke Pegram's RBI groundout made the score 2-1. Benevides singled to left to plate pinch runner Kelkcee Fulton for the 3-1 advantage.
The Trojans cut the lead in half with another sacrifice fly in the fifth, then took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. They added some insurance in the seventh with a two-run home run.
Randee Bettis (5-2) earned the complete-game win for Anderson, while Ivorie Maltbie (3-3) suffered the loss, striking out two in her complete game.
In the opener, Brooke Pegram, Mixa and Neyhouse all had singles. After scoring in the first, Anderson tallied seven in the third and four in the fifth to end the game early. Chace Helms (3-7) took the loss for the Crusaders, leaving in the third after being hit on a comebacker. Harlie Duncan (10-7) earned the win for Anderson.
Belmont Abbey returns to Crusader Field tomorrow when it hosts Emmanuel in Conference Carolinas action. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.