The Belmont Abbey Softball team swept King by scores of 6-0 and 6-4 to win 12 of its last 14 games of the season. The Crusaders improved their record to 20-21 overall and 14-6 in conference play.
Game one of the afternoon was all Abbey as Samantha Jacobs struck out 13 batters and surrendered just one hit and two walks. She retired each of the first nine batters she faced. The Tornado reached third base only once.
King's only threat came in the bottom of the fourth when Jacobs hit a batter to load the bases. However, she ended the inning by striking out Diamond Callwood.
The Crusader offense broke out in the top of the seventh, with four hits and a walk to score three runs. Jacobs finished the seventh off with a 1-2-3 inning to improve her record to 9-10. King's Morgan Lowe dropped to 10-10.
In game two, the Crusader offense exploded in the top of the first as each of the first four batters reached base safely, highlighted by Sloane McPeak's RBI single, which scored Alexis Pereiro. Three other Crusaders scored in that inning as well, as the Abbey jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
Pitcher Nikki Faust also started off the game well, retiring each of the first six batters she faced, before yielding three King runs in the third. The Crusaders would respond in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own as Pereiro singled in Marietta, and later scored from second base on a King error to increase the Abbey's lead to 6-3.
Neither team reached third base after the fourth. In the sixth, Jacobs came into the game in relief of Shannan Mas. Jacobs finished the game with four strikeouts, recording her first save of the season. With the win Faust finished the season with a record of 8-3, while King's Lauren Smith fell to 4-10.
The Abbey will play next in the Conference Carolinas Tournament starting Thursday in Burlington, North Carolina.