BELMONT, N.C. - After nearly a two week lay-off due to weather, the Converse Softball team dropped their Conference Carolinas opener to Belmont Abbey, 16-0(5) and 5-4, on Friday afternoon.
FINAL | Game One: Converse 0, Belmont Abbey 16 (5), Game Two: Converse 4, Belmont Abbey 5
LOCATION | Belmont, N.C. (Crusader Field)
RECORDS | Converse 2-14 (0-2), Belmont Abbey 5-15-2 (3-3)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
Marissa Steadman took the loss in the night cap throwing six innings allowing five runs off seven hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Converse 0, Belmont Abbey 16
Belmont Abbey posted six runs in the bottom of the first on seven hits.
In the top of the second inning, Mckayla Davis drew a one out walk. Shelby Bullock reached first on a fielding error pushing Davis to second. Ashton Coker loaded the bases after a single down the right field line. Converse ended the inning with a strikeout and a lineout.
The Crusaders added on to their advantage scoring seven more runs in the second to take a 13-0 lead.
Mckayla Davis and Alex Hibbits tallied hits in the latter innings but the damage was done as Belmont Abbey took game one, 16-0.
Game Two: Converse 4, Belmont Abbey 5
Marissa Steadman started off the night cap reaching base by hit by pitch. Tristan Harvey sacrificed herself to move Steadman into scoring position. Steadman moved to third on a wild pitch before Mckayla Davis reached on the walk. Brett Harvey brought Steadman around for the first run of the contest with a single to right field.
Converse took a 1-0 lead into the second inning after rolling a 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first.
The Valkyries were turned away in the top of the second before Belmont Abbey posted five runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-1 lead.
Converse responded in the top of the third closing the gap to 5-4. Marissa Steadman reached on a throwing error and later ended up at third on a bunt single by Tristan Harvey. Elizabeth Aguilar singled to right, scoring Steadman, to start the rally. Mckayla Davis singled to left field bringing around Harvey from second. Brett Harvey posted a base knock to center scoring Aguilar to cut the deficit to 5-4 with no outs.
After the pitching change for Belmont Abbey, the Crusaders escaped the inning with no more base runners.
Converse continues their road trip as the Valkyries take on nationally-ranked Pfeiffer in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader in Misenheimer, N.C. on Saturday.