The Belmont Abbey softball team closed out its home schedule this afternoon with a pair of losses to the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets by scores of 2-1 and 6-1. West Virginia State scored all of its runs in the sixth inning of both games as the Yellow Jackets overcame 1-0 deficits twice. WVSU improves to 15-14, while the Abbey slips to 9-26. West Virginia State received four votes in the national poll this week.
Today marked the end of the Crusaders home schedule, as they will now play their final ten games on the road, eight of which are against Conference Carolinas opponents.
In the opener, the Crusaders barreled ahead 1-0 as Kinsey McClure led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Dani Marietta. Nicole Stovall came in to run for McClure, and she scored on Brooke Baliles's single off the wall in center.
Samantha Jacobs held West Virginia State to just two hits through five and hitless through the first three innings before the Yellow Jackets touched her for two in the sixth.
Jacobs ended up striking out the side, but Sydney Kaplan's two run homer to left was the difference in the game. Scoring ahead of her was Maddie Best, who led off with a double.
The Crusaders did not threaten in the sixth or seventh as the Yellow Jackets earned the win.
Jacobs fanned nine and gave up two runs on five hits to take the loss. Anna Eggleston struck out three and walked one in the complete game win. She allowed one run on six hits, all from six different batters.
Game two mirrored the first as the Crusaders jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the third. Nicole Stovall reached on a leadoff error then stole second on the play as no defender was covering second. She was sacrificed to third by Mackenzie Dziendziel and scored on Kaitlyn Jones's single to right.
That was the score until the sixth when once again the Yellow Jackets broke through. West Virginia State sent nine batters to the plate as it scored six times, getting a bases loaded walk, an RBI single by Eggleston followed by an RBI double from Victoria Crawford.
Two batters later, Sabrina Schouten plated Eggleston from third on a sacrifice fly and Crawford came in to score on a throwing error in an attempt to nab her at third.
Belmont Abbey went down in order in the seventh as the Yellow Jackets earned the sweep.
Eggleston again earned the win as she allowed an unearned run on eight hits, striking out three with no walks. Nikki Faust took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, in seven innings. (Jacobs faced two batters in the sixth, walking both). She struck out three and walked four.
Jones, McClure and Shanie McConnell all had two hits as the Crusaders finished with eight.