NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Belmont Abbey softball team collected 12 hits in the day as they battled Newberry to two close games Saturday. The Crusaders had the lead going into the last frame of game one and had a two-run inning in game two as Newberry won game one 5-4 and game two 6-2. The Crusaders are now 10-24 and the Wolves are 20-12.
Six different Crusaders recorded hits in game one as The Abbey struck first, scoring three runs in the third. Claire Doyle lifted a sac fly, scoring Anna Mixa for the first run of the ballgame. Morgan Smith's ground ball allowed Peyton Wilson to score and Alexis Rogers and Vienna Benavides pulled off the double-steal to plate their third run.
Newberry got one run back in the third with an RBI single and another run the fourth from a home run from Haley Wildes. The Wolves tied the game up in the sixth, taking an advantage from a Crusader miscue.
Belmont Abbey retook the lead in the seventh when Melissa Neyhouse racked and RBI single into the left-center field gap. Newberry was able to squeak out the victory scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh off a hit-by-pitch and a bases-loaded single.
Annabeth Watkins started in the circle for the Crusaders tossing 5.0 inning allowing two runs on five hits, two walks, with three strikeouts. Ivorie Maltby came in relief to throw the final 1.1 innings, taking the loss. Emily Marchbanks threw all seven innings for the Wolves to record her eighth win.
Game two saw the Wolves jump out to an early lead as they plated two runs in the each of the first three innings. The Crusaders were able to score a pair in the fourth inning, forcing an error with the bases loaded, but were not able to rally any more runs in the contest.
Maltby took the loss throwing the first 1.2 innings. Watkins came on in relief pitching the final 4.1. Alyssa Ball recorded her eighth win for the Wolves throwing a complete-game six-hitter.
The Crusaders will host Lees-McRae Tuesday at Crusaders field for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.