BELMONT, N.C. - Melissa Neyhouse went a combined 3-for-6 against the Lees-McRae Bobcats this afternoon, as the teams split the doubleheader by scores of 5-3 and 2-1. The Abbey now stands at 11-25 in 2018, including a 4-6 Conference Carolinas record. Lees-McRae is now 8-16 overall, with a 3-1 conference record.
In game 1, Lees-McRae scored first. In the third inning, however, Alexis Rogers and Brooke Pegram hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Anna Mixa singled to left field to bring them both home, and put the Crusaders in front 2-1.
Lees-McRae brought four runs across in the top of the six. The Abbey was unable to get on base after that, and the Bobcats took game 1 by a score of 5-3. Rogers went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
The second game was a defensive grind, as neither team scored a run through the first three innings. Then Anna Mixa homered to left center to start the bottom of the fourth. In the next inning, a double by Neyhouse advanced Rogers to third with two outs. Mixa drew a walk to load the bases before Peyton Wilson was hit by a pitch to score Alexis Pereiro.
The Abbey defense continued to keep Lees-McRae off base until the seventh inning, when the Bobcats hit a homerun to score their first run of the game. It was the only run the Crusaders gave up, finishing with the 2-1 victory. Ivorie Maltby threw a complete game for the win. She gave up just five hits and one walk.
On the day, Neyhouse led the offensive efforts with her 3-for-6 performance, with an RBI.
Belmont Abbey will welcome the Mount Olive Trojans tomorrow for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.