Gass Shines in Doubleheader versus Southern Wesleyan

Gass Shines in Doubleheader versus Southern Wesleyan

BELMONT, N.C. -- Freshman Hailey Gass had five hits in seven at-bats Saturday, highlighting Belmont Abbey's performance in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader against Southern Wesleyan on Saturday. The Warriors won both games, however, taking the first 8-0 in six innings before rallying for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.

Belmont Abbey falls to 13-15 overall and 3-5 in league play, while Southern Wesleyan advances to 11-15, 4-6.

GAME ONE

  • Gass had a pair of singles for her fourth multi-hit game of the season.
  • Claire Doyle doubled and Melissa Neyhouse and Payton Whitley each had hits.
  • Southern Wesleyan plated a run in the second before adding five in the third, primarily on the strength of a three-run homer.
  • Single runs in the fifth and sixth ended the game early.
  • Starter Annabeth Watkins (7-7) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over two innings.
  • Delanie Laudenbacher (4-6) pitched a complete-game shutout for the Warriors. She walked four and struck out four.

GAME TWO

  • Gass went 3-for-4 with an RBI, recording at least two hits for the fifth time this year.
  • Peyton Wilson and Brianna Embler registered two hits each for the Crusaders, who totaled 11 in the contest.
  • Southern Wesleyan struck for a sacrifice fly in the first, but The Abbey answered with a three-run second. Three straight singles with one out, the last by Alexis Rogers, tied the score at 1. After another single loaded the bases, Doyle flied out to right before Gass reached on an infield hit.
  • But the Warriors delivered a pair of two-run doubles, one in the third to tie the game and another in the fourth to move back in front.
  • The Abbey tried to rally, putting runners on the corners with one out in the sixth. Neyhouse drove in a run on a flyball to left, but the tying run was left at second by an outstanding play on a comebacker to Ashton Martin.
  • Belmont Abbey starter Ivorie Maltby struck out seven, but allowed five runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings. She falls to 4-6 with the loss.
  • Martin evened her record at 6-6 with the win, while Emma Collins pitched the seventh for her second save.

UP NEXT

  • Belmont Abbey continues Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday when it travels to Mount Olive.