The Crusaders softball team came three outs away from sweeping the Lander Bearcats in Greenwood on Saturday. Lander pushed two runs across in the seventh, salvaging the split, to take their record to 4-4. The disappointment in the nightcap moves the Crusaders to the same 4-4 mark.
In the opener, the Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead as Mackenzie Dziendziel hit a solo homer in the second, her first of 2016, giving winning pitcher Samantha Jacobs more than enough offense to earn her second win of the year. The senior righthander spun the complete game. scattering six hits while punching out seven.
In game two, the offensive prosperity that Samantha Jacobs thrived on in game one would not be present. The Abbey managed just two hits against starter Lexi Griffin. The Crusaders were able to take advantage of seven walks in game two, allowing the Crusaders to score single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. The Abbey would take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, with Laura Williams seeking the complete game win.
However, after Reychel Webster and Makenzie Smith reached base, Casey Wooten's bunt attempt turned into disaster for the Abbey, with the errant throw going into the left field corner. Webster and Smith would score on the play, sending the Abbey home with a split. The loss takes Williams record to 1-1, while McKenzie Ferguson earns the win in relief for Lander.
The Crusaders will be home on Tuesday as they face Catawba in a doubleheader beginning at 1pm.