Barton, Belmont Abbey trade shutout wins

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The Barton College softball team pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning without benefit of a hit or hitting the ball out of the infield in claiming a 1-0 victory and splitting a doubleheader with visiting Belmont Abbey in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas opener for both teams Saturday afternoon

After being blanked for 11 consecutive innings, Belmont Abbey bounced back to win the second game, 6-0.

The Lady Bulldogs surfaced with a 7-11 record, while Belmont Abbey stands 7-13.

With the first game scoreless, Barton’s Makayla Meeks led off the bottom of the seventh by being hit by a pitch. Meeks advanced to second base on a passed ball, to third on Ashton Pegram’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.

For five innings, pitchers Teagan Crosby of Barton and Chace Helms of the Lady Crusaders waged a scoreless duel. Both teams were limited to four hits. Hannah Jones worked the last two innings for Barton and notched her second win against four losses.

Belmont Abbey right fielder Alexis Pereiro was the only player with two hits.

In the second game, sophomore Barton right-hander Sierra Hearp shut out Belmont Abbey through four innings. However, the Lady Crusaders plated the only run they needed against Hearp (3-3) in the fifth.

Belmont Abbey’s Kaitlin Moore, who entered as a pinch hitter, batted 2 for 2, doubled twice and drove in four runs. Left fielder Brooke Pegram, second baseman Katie Allison and Pereiro each hit safely twice.

Lady Crusaders pitchers Ivorie Maltbty (2-2) and Annabeth Watkins combined to blank Barton on three hits.

Hearp and freshmen Hayley Grizzle and Jordan Blake each singled for the Lady Bulldogs.

Game 1

Score by innings:

Belmont Abbey 000 000 0 — 0

Barton 000 000 1 — 1

WP-Hannah Jones (2-4) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. LP-Chace Helms (3-5) 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Belmont Abbey: Alexis Pereiro 2-3; Barton: Sierra Hearp 1-2, Hayley Grizzle 1-3, Jordan Blake 1-3, Taylor Martin 1-3.

Game 2

Score by innings:

Belmont Abbey 000 013 2 — 6

Barton 000 000 0 — 0

WP-Ivorie Maltby 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 Bb, 2 SO. LP-Sierra Hearp (3-3) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Belmont Abbey: Kaitlin Moore 2-2, 2 2B, 4 RBI; B. Pegram 2-4, Katie Allison 2-4, Alexis Pereiro 2-3, 2 R; Barton: Hayley Grizzle 1-2, Jordan Blake 1-3, Sierra Hearp 1-4.