Belmont, NC - Southern Wesleyan swept the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in 8-0 and 5-4 final scores on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors posted nine hits in the win on Saturday afternoon. Addie Nugent and Lexi Thompson led the team with two hits apiece. Delaney Byers, Lydia Clanton, Amber Belk, Kali Berrigan and Emma Collins each collected one hit apiece. Clanton led the team with three RBIs. Taylor Le followed with two, while Thompson and Collins had one each. Ashton Martin drew three walks and Le came up with one. Byers and Thompson had doubles in the win and Clanton posted her fifth home run of the season. Southern Wesleyan had four strikeouts in the win, all coming from starting pitcher, Delanie Laudenbacher. Laudenbacher pitched all six innings.
Southern Wesleyan collected seven hits in the game two victory. Delaney Byers led the team with two hits. She was followed by Taylor Le, Lydia Clanton, Megan New, Amber Belk and Kali Berrigan each had one hit. Byers and Belk each had two RBIs, while Clanton added one. Clanton drew two walks and Addie Nugent and Emma Collins each drew one. Byers, New and Belk had doubles in the win. Le, Nugent, Belk and Berrigan each had a stolen base. The Warriors posted one strikeout in game two, coming from relief pitcher, Emma Collins. Collins was rewarded the save and Ashton Martin collected the win after pitching six full innings.
Game One Final: Southern Wesleyan 8, Belmont Abbey 0
Game Two Final: Southern Wesleyan 5, Belmont Abbey 4
Coach Adkins Says...
"Great day for our team. We played a very complete game in game one led by Delanie's pitching performance. We also defended well, got some huge timely hits and ran the bases well. In game two, we just really refused to get beat. We had a certain mentality about us and a competitive look to us. Ashton started the game pitching and did a great job. Emma Collins came in and pitched an unreal 7th. Delaney Byers, Lydia Clanton and Amber Belk all had at bats that produced RBIs. We have been working hard at having a certain mindset when we get runners on. It was nice to see the work pay off."
How It Happened
The Warriors struck first in the contest in the top of the second inning. Lexi Thompson led-off with a single, but was out on a fielder's choice at second base. Kali Berrigan reached on that fielder's choice and advanced to second base after Ashton Martin drew a walk. Emma Collins singled to score Berrigan and put the Warriors ahead 1-0.
Addie Nugent singled in the top of the third to lead-off the inning for Southern Wesleyan. Delaney Byers doubled and advanced Nugent to third. Lydia Clanton followed with a home run straight up the middle to pick up three RBIs. Amber Belk then came in to single and occupy first base. She was followed by Berrigan who was able to reach on a Crusader error. Belk advanced to second on the error. Belk and Berrigan both advanced after Martin drew another walk to load the bases. Taylor Le followed with a walk to score Belk. Berrigan was able to score on a throwing error to give the Warriors the 6-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Warriors tacked on another run. Berrigan singled and was followed up by Martin with her third walk of the game to advance to second. Collins put down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners. Le followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to allow Berrigan to tag up and score. The Warriors led 7-0.
Southern Wesleyan added another run in the top of the sixth inning. Nugent led-off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Byers took first base after being hit by a pitch. Clanton grounded into the double play that got Nugent out at third, but Byers safely reached second base. Thompson came up big with a double to score Byers and allowed the Warriors to go on win game one 8-0.
Addie Nugent took first base after being hit by pitch to start off the first inning. Delaney Byers singled and advanced to second on the throw which allowed Nugent to take third base. Lydia Clanton had a sacrifice fly to score Nugent and give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Crusaders took the 3-1 lead.
The Warriors bats kept going in the top of the third inning to tie the game. Byers took first base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single from Clanton. Megan New grounded out, but both runners were able to advance. Amber Belk delivered a double to score Clanton and Byers and tie the game 3-3.
The top of the fourth inning was no different, as Southern Wesleyan added two more runs. Taylor Le singled to start off the inning and stole second base. Nugent reached base by a fielding error and Le advanced to third. Byers came up with a double to score Nugent and Le and take the 5-3 lead over the Crusaders.
Although Belmont Abbey added another run in the sixth inning, the Warriors were able to hold them and win game two 5-4.
Southern Wesleyan will host the Barton Bulldogs on March 29 at 4 and 6 p.m. They will then host the Mount Olive Trojans on March 30 at 1 and 3 p.m.