Neyhouse, Duran Register Two-Hit Games at North Greenville

Neyhouse, Duran Register Two-Hit Games at North Greenville

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Elena Duran had two hits and drove in a run in the nightcap of a doubleheader, but North Greenville walked off with a sweep, winning 4-1 and 3-2 Thursday afternoon. Melissa Neyhouse had a pair of hits in the first game with six other players adding hits during the afternoon: Anna Mixa, Peyton Wilson, Alyssa Sciaudone, Brooke Pegram, Alexis Pereiro, and Vienna Benavides.

In both games, Belmont Abbey (12-28, 5-9) fell behind in the first. In the opener, North Greenville (20-10, 7-3) capitalized on four hits and three walks to jump out to a 4-0 advantage.

The Abbey cut into the lead with a run in the sixth. Pegram doubled to lead off the inning, then was sacrificed to third. Neyhouse singled to center field to break the shutout.

Amanda Coffrin (14-2) picked up the complete-game win, striking out six while scattering four hits. Annabeth Watkins (5-11) took the loss for BAC despite her complete-game effort.

In the nightcap, North Greenville used two hits, including an RBI double, to stake a 1-0 lead. That lasted until the fifth, when BAC got the equalizer. Morgan Smith reached on an error and was substituted from pinch-runner Kelkcee Fulton, who promptly stole second. Sciaudone singled to center and stole a base before a flyout brought up Duran, who took two strikes then laced a single down the right-field line to bring home Fulton with the tying run.

The visitors would take their first lead of the day in the sixth when Mixa singled to left field with one out. Peyton Wilson reached on an infield single that was followed by a throwing error that put runners on the corners. After a stolen base, North Greenville got the second out on a short fly to left, but the throw home after a bluff tag sailed to the backstop and Mixa scored, putting The Abbey up 2-1.

Ivorie Maltby worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the bottom of the sixth but got into trouble again in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on third, she issued an intentional walk, but then walked the next two batters to force in the tying run. A walk-off single to right by Celsea Rivers capped the rally.

Coffrin, who pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief, gained the win to improve to 15-2. Malbie fell to 4-10 despite a solid start through six innings.

Belmont Abbey continues its Conference Carolinas road trip tomorrow with a doubleheader at Southern Wesleyan.