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.
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.