The Belmont Abbey softball team used a late rally in to overcome a 1-0 deficit in game one and the Crusaders jumped ahead 3-0 in game two as the Abbey swept both games of a doubleheader this afternoon by 3-1 scores over Davis & Elkins. Belmont Abbey has won five of its last eight as it improves to 7-16, while the Senators remain winless at 0-11.
The two teams met previously on February 26 at the Catawba Invitational, with the Abbey posting a 5-4 win in nine innings.
In today's opener, the Senators tagged Samantha Jacobs for an unearned run in the top of the first, but that was all they would get as Jacobs retired the next 11 straight batters until issuing a one out walk in the fifth.
Davis & Elkins pitcher Alanna Jones was just as effective, as she held the Crusaders hitless until the fourth, but she did walk two batters.
Belmont Abbey finally touched Jones in the fifth to storm ahead 2-1. Amber Faust lined a one out single to left, but was negated on the next at bat when Nicole Stovall beat the throw to first on a ground ball double play attempt.
Shanie McConnell kept the inning alive with a walk, and both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch. Kaitlyn Jones then delivered a single to right center, scoring both Stovall and McConnell to put the Crusaders ahead 2-1.
After Jacobs worked around a one out single in the sixth, the Crusaders tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame.
Kinsey McClure led off with her first career triple, a line shot down the rightfield line. After a pair of flyouts, Jena Reisanauer smashed a single back through the middle to score McClure easily to increase the lead to 3-1, which was the final.
Jacobs fanned six and walked a pair in five innings. She allowed an unearned run on two hits. Nikki Faust allowed two hits over the final two scoreless innings as she earned the save.
Jones was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.
McClure and Amber Faust both had two hits.
In the second game the Abbey jumped ahead in the bottom of the second as Mackenzie Dziendziel led off with a single to left center, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Reisanauer's sacrifice fly to center.
One inning later the lead jumped to 2-0 as McConell led off with a double off the wall in left center, moved to third on a long flyout by Dani Marietta and scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Abbey added a third run in the fourth as Dziendziel again singled, this time to right center, stole second and scored on Reisanauer's single to right center.
The Senators scored their only run in the seventh as they brought the tying run to the plate, but Catelyn Presley limited the damage to one run.
Amanda Serafini led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Samantha Smith. Smith was then thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. Chelsie Stover followed with a towering flyout to left, allowing Serafini to score just ahead of Amber Faust's throw in left. A groundout to second ended the game.
Presley struck out six and held the Senators to one run on five hits. Amber LaBille took the loss after giving up three runs, all earned, on eight hits. She struck out five and walked two.
Dziendziel finished 3-3 with two runs scored. Reisanauer drove in two runs and was responsible for three of the Abbey's six runs in the doubleheader.