Crusaders Pound Out 22 Hits in Sweep of Elizabeth City State

Crusaders Pound Out 22 Hits in Sweep of Elizabeth City State

BELMONT, N.C. -- Melissa Neyhouse registered five hits, driving in four runs and scoring four times, leading Belmont Abbey to a doubleheader sweep of Elizabeth City State, 16-0 and 8-0, in softball action Saturday afternoon.

Brianna Embler and Claire Doyle each picked up four hits over the two games as the Crusaders combined for 22 hits. The Vikings picked up just three hits in each game off Belmont Abbey pitching.


  • Doyle was 3-for-4 in the contest with four RBIs.Neyhouse went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. She had a two-run single in the first, an RBI double in the second and drove in a run with a single in the fourth.
  • Neyhouse and Embler each went 2-for-3 and scored three times in the opener with Neyhouse driving in three.
  • Five other Crusaders tallied hits in the contest.
  • The Abbey plated 10 runs in the first and four more in the second for a 14-0 lead. The final two runs came in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Annabeth Watkins (5-3) picked up the win, allowing one hit and two walks over three  innings. She struck out five. Ivorie Maltby finished the five-inning contest, striking out three while allowing two hits in her two innings.
  • Cheyan Brasseur (0-1) took the loss for the Vikings, allowing seven runs against just one out.


  • Newyhouse added three hits in three at-bats, while scoring once and driving in one.
  • Embler, Payton Whitley and Alexis Rogers each registered a pair of hits.
  • Jordanna Shorts (1-1) earned her first collegiate win, scattering three hits in a complete-game effort. She struck out seven and walked two. Sara Phillips (0-3) took the loss for Elizabeth City State (0-5).


  • Belmont Abbey (8-6) continues its homestand on Wednesday when it begins Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders host Converse in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.