BURLINGTON, N.C. – The seventh-seeded Belmont Abbey Crusaders upset the second-seeded King Tornado in the first- round of the Conference Carolinas softball tournament Friday. The Crusaders (21-20)) outhit the Tornado (28-20) 9-7, scoring three runs in the second inning.
Claire Doyle went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Payton Whitley kept the second inning rally going with a two-RBI single up the middle.
Annabeth Watkins earned her 11th win of the season pitching 5.0 innings allowing two runs and struck out three.
Ivorie Maltby earned her first save, pitching the last two innings striking out three.
The Crusaders will play Southern Wesleyan tonight at 9 PM in the winners' bracket.