Crusaders Drop Two in Hickory

Crusaders Drop Two in Hickory

The Belmont Abbey Crusaders traveled to Hickory for a pair of non-conference games this evening at Bears Field on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The Crusaders continued their three game set with Catawba, losing game one by a 5-1 final.  The nightcap pitted Carson-Newman against the Abbey, as the Eagles scored six times in their final at-bat to take an 8-2 decision.   The losses send the Abbey to 4-8 record on the year.

In game one, the Abbey took a third inning lead as Brittany Ortiz doubled home Mackenzie Dziendziel, giving starting pitcher Amelia Saldivar an early advantage.

The advantage, however, was short lived as Catawba would knot things up in the bottom of the frame.  After Ashley Wagoner doubled to left, Caroline Turner would drive home Wagoner on a sacrifice fly to square the game at one.

An inning later, Catawba broke the game open as the Indians sent ten batters to the plate, scoring four on three hits. 

From there, Caroline Turner would close out the contest, picking up the win in relief. Turner pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. Her four strikeouts was a game high.

For the Abbey, Saldivar took the loss, as the Abbey collected just four hits in a game against Catawba for the second time in three days.

In game two, the Crusaders would fare much better in the early going, owning a two run lead after a sacrifice bunt from Alexis Pereiro coaxed a bad throw from the Eagles defense, scoring Dani Marietta.  Later in the frame, Brooke Pegram doubled home Selena Thompson to give the Crusaders its largest lead of the day.  

The Eagles would answer immediately, tying the game in the bottom of the inning.  Lindsay Dean singled to trim the lead, scoring Elayna Siebert.  Dean would come around to score later in the stanza as Talisa Fiame would single to right, leveling things at two.

The Crusaders would falter in the sixth as Carson-Newman would plate six runs on three hits.  The Eagles outburst was aided by four walks in the frame, chasing Laura Williams from the contest.  Williams would take the loss, moving her record to 1-2 on the year.

The Crusaders will wrap up the weekend with two more games on Saturday.  The Crusaders battle Augusta University in the days first matchup, followed by a 1pm finale against Georgia College.