MARS HILL, NC - The Lions' softball team swept North Greenville University in a double-header at Ponder Park Thursday afternoon by scores of 9-1 and 7-3. MHC improved to 5-7 while NGU fell to 1-7 overall.
Game 1: MHC 9, NGU 1
After a scoreless first inning, MHC plated four runs in the second inning on four hits and one Crusader error. Kristina Osborn (Birmingham, AL) hit a two-RBI double to right-center field in the inning. NGU scored their only run in the third inning when Angela Foster (Flowery Branch, SC) scored from third on a wild pitch.
MHC added a single run in the third frame when Katie Bryden (B.C., Canada) scored on a fielder's choice hit by Tiffany Self (Del Rio, TN).
Osborn then gave MHC a 8-1 advantage in the fourth inning when she hit a three-run homer over the left field fence. Katie Blankenship (Candler, NC) ended the scoring when she crossed the plate in the fifth inning on a fielder's choice.
Osborn was 3-for-3 with five RBI, a homerun and a two doubles. Self went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Bryden threw five innings allowing just two hits to pick up her third win (3-3) on the season.
Game 2: MHC 7, NGU 3
NGU came out strong in game two taking a 2-0 lead after the first inning after Holly Lester (Gadson, SC) doubled to plate Bridget Watson (Wellford, SC) and Katie Eargle (Newberry, SC) singled to advance Lester home.
Self singled in the second frame to plate Bryden but NGU answered in the fourth taking a 3-1 advantage when Jordan Brock (Cheraw, SC) hit a ball through the middle to drive in Eargle.
The Lions then exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the fourth led by a solo homerun from Tiara Mitchell (North Charleston, SC) and a two-RBI single from Osborn. The Lions added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Osborn singled to move Ashley Harber (Goose Creek, SC) to home plate from second base.
Osborn again had a great game at the plate for MHC going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Bryden and Jenna Pender (Hanahan, SC) each had two hits to follow Osborn's offensive performance. Blankenship threw a complete game scattering eight hits and allowing just two earned runs in the contest to improve her record to 2-3 on the season.
NGU will travel to Erskine College on February 28. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.