SALISBURY, N.C. -- Peyton Whitley had four hits, including a two-run home run in the nightcap, to lead Belmont Abbey in a softball doubleheader at Catawba on Tuesday afternoon. The Indians rallied in both games, though, winning 5-3 and 7-5. Melissa Neyhouse also homered as part of a 2-for-3 effort in the opening game.
- Neyhouse went 2-for-3 in the contest, driving in three runs.
- Brianna Embler, Alexis Rogers and Whitley also had singles in the contest.
- Catawba opened the scoring with a run in the second, but Belmont Abbey pulled even in the sixth when Neyhouse hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in centerfield.
- The Indians answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of RBI singles, but the Crusaders rallied.
- In the seventh, Morgan Smith earned an eight-pitch walk and Rogers registered a one-out infield single to put the tying runs on base. After a groundout advanced the runners, Neyhouse singled through the left side to even the game at 3.
- But a two-out, two-run home run by Preston Ellenberg in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Indians to walk off with the win.
- Ivorie Maltby (2-3) took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
- Whitley finished the contest 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Clair Doyle and Morgan Smith had a pair of hits each.
- A walk and Whitley's shot to right field put the Crusaders up 2-0 in the top of the first, but Catawba answered with a run in the first and three in the second for a 4-2 advantage.
- Whitley started the fourth with a single, then was replaced a pinch-runner. A second single and walk later in the inning loaded the bases before Alexis Rogers single to left to even the game at 4.
- The score stayed that way until the sixth when three straight doubles and a single resulted in a 7-4 lead for Catawba.
- The Abbey tried to rally, opening the seventh with three straight singles, but it could only plate a single run on a wild pitch.
- Maltby dropped to 2-4 with the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks. She struck out two.
- Brooke Walser (3-3) pitched into the sixth to earn the win, while Madison Hunter came on in the seventh to pick up her third save.
- Belmont Abbey returns to Conference Carolinas play this weekend when it travels to Emmanuel and Erksine for doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.