Watkins Throws Three-Hitter, Pegram Gets Five Hits in Split with Converse

Watkins Throws Three-Hitter, Pegram Gets Five Hits in Split with Converse

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Brooke Pegram went 5-for-7 in the doubleheader and Annabeth Watkins tossed a three-hitter in the Game 1 win, helping Belmont Abbey to a split Friday afternoon at Converse. The Crusaders took the opener 4-0 before the Valkryies earned a 4-1 decision in the second game.

Pegram had three hits in four at-bats in the opener with Katie Allison adding two singles in the 11-hit attack. The victory in game one combined with other results later in the day earned the Crusaders a spot in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Championship.

Belmont Abbey (15-31, 8-10) plated a run in its first opportunity of the day. Vienna Benavides drew a one-out walk and took second on a single by Peyton Wilson. A walk to Alyssa Sciaudone loaded the bases, but Converse threw a runner out at home for the second out. However, Pegram singled to third, bringing home Wilson for a 1-0 lead.

The Crusaders added two in the fourth when Katie Allison singled and Elena Duran delivered a one-out double to the gap in right center to drive in Allison. After a steal of third, Duran scored on an infield single by Benavides.

Morgan Smith plated an insurance run in the seventh when she singled to center, driving in Melissa Neyhouse who singled and stole second.

Watkins (7-12) pitched a complete-game, three-hitter. She walked three and struck out a pair. Marissa Steadman (1-19) took the loss for Converse, despite also throwing all seven innings.

In the nightcap, Belmont Abbey fell behind 1-0 in the fourth, but tied the game on an RBI single by Brooke Pegram in the sixth. However, the Valkyries (3-43, 1-15) used three hits and a wild pitch on a third strike to plate three in the bottom of the frame to take the victory.

Jianna Pellegrino (1-15) earned the complete-game win, scattering six hits and a walk, while fanning three. Ivorie Maltby (5-12) took the loss, allowing five hits, while striking out four.

Belmont Abbey wraps up Conference Carolinas play tomorrow at league-leader Limestone.