GAFFNEY, S.C. - Shortstop Melissa Neyhouse went a combined 5-for-6 in today's doubleheader at Limestone, which ended in a 1-1 split. The Saints ended a 10-inning game one with a 2-1 victory. The Crusaders gave Limestone its first conference loss by taking game two 3-2. The Abbey now stands at 16-32 in 2018, and 9-11 against Conference Carolinas opponents. Limestone is now 29-10 overall, with a 15-1 conference record.
Limestone jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opener, using a hit and three walks to push across a run. Belmont Abbey equalized in the sixth. Peyton Wilson led off with a single, then pinch-runner Briana Embler stole second. After a walk, Morgan Smith singled to load the bases, setting up Neyhouse for a run-scoring single through the left side.
The teams battled through two scoreless innings with chances before the Saints were able to push the winning run across in the bottom of the 10th.
Annabeth Watkins (7-13) took the hard-luck loss, allowing seven hits and seven walks, while striking out six. She threw over 150 pitches in the complete-game effort.
In game two, Limestone again took the lead first, with a run in the bottom of the second. The Crusaders responded in the third, as Wilson hit a single to second that scored Alexis Pereiro, tying the game at one.
The sixth inning was the bright spot for the Crusaders. Neyhouse hit a triple to left center that allowed pinch runner Kelkcee Fulton to score from from second. Brooke Pegram followed up with an RBI single that brought Neyhouse home and proved to be the game winner.
Ivorie Maltby (6-11) threw a complete game giving up just one earned run and striking out five.
Belmont Abbey closes the regular-season next Saturday at home against Montreat. The senior class of 2018 will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.