BELMONT, N.C. -- Peyton Wilson and Katie Allison had hits in both games of the doubleheader, including multiple hits in the nightcap, but Belmont Abbey dropped both games to Wingate Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs took the opener 7-2 before rallying for a 3-1 win in eight innings in Game 2.
Wilson, Allison Post Multi-Hit Games vs. Wingate
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Apr 10, 2018
Wilson and Allison registered the only hits in Game 1 before going 3-for-4 and 2-for-2, respectively, in the second game. Five other Crusaders had hits during the second contest, helping The Abbey (14-30) reach double digits with 10.
In the opener, Wingate capitalized on two hits in the first for a 1-0 lead, then added two more in the third. Belmont Abbey tried to rally in the bottom of the frame. Allison singled to left before Elena Duran drew a one-out walk. After the second out was recorded, Alyssa Sciaudone reached on an error that also brought Allison home. Wilson followed with an RBI single through the right side to cut the deficit to 3-2.
But the Bulldogs broke the game open in the fifth, using four hits and an error to plate four runs. Aubrey Reep (12-9) earned the complete game win for Wingate, allowing four walks and striking out four. Annabeth Watkins (6-12) took the loss for the Crusaders, allowing 11 hits and a pair of walks over 4.2 innings.
The teams were scoreless in the nightcap until Belmont Abbey plated a run in the fifth. With one out, Alexis Pereiro and Allison singled, although Allison was thrown out at second. Vienna Benavides singled up the middle to drive home Pereiro and put the Crusaders up 1-0.
The lead stayed that way until the seventh, when Wingate forced extra innings when a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt, groundout and infield single plated the tying run. The Bulldogs continued their momentum in the eighth when Taylor Wells delivered a two-out, two-run home run to left center.
The Crusaders tried to rally in the bottom of the frame. With Melissa Neyhouse on second for the international tiebreaker, Sciaudone walked before Wilson registered an infield single to load the bases. Wingate replaced starter Amber Garrett with Reep in hopes of getting out of the jam and she did. Morgan Smith flied out to center and a perfect throw home beat Neyhouse who tried to score from third. A pop up to third ended the contest.
Garrett earned her first decision of the season, while Reep earned her first save. Ivorie Maltby pitched the complete game for Belmont Abbey, scattering eight hits against two strikeouts over eight innings.
Belmont Abbey wraps up its Conference Carolinas schedule this weekend with a trip to Converse on Friday and Limestone on Saturday.