DEMOREST, GAŚNorth Greenville University split a doubleheader at Piedmont College Thursday afternoon at Walker Field. The Crusaders held off a Lion rally to win game one by the score of 9-8 but lost a 10-2 run-rule decision in the second game.
The split moves Piedmont to 13-7 overall, while NGU is now 10-17.
In game one, the Lady Lions found themselves trailing 6-0 after three innings. In the bottom of the fourth PC rallied with five runs on three hits to get within one. Emily Maxey and Michelle Crandall drove in a pair of runs each with a single and a double to highlight the scoring. An inning later the Lady Lions knotted the game at 6-6 as Megan Day posted a two-out RBI-single plating Leah Della Torre from third base.
The Crusaders answered in the sixth with one run to take a 7-6 advantage. The Lady Lions took their final lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs on one play helped by a pair of North Greenville miscues. In the seventh the Crusaders posted two runs on three hits and held PC scoreless in the home half for the narrow victory.
Krista Yeoman pitched the final three innings, striking out two, to pick up the win for the Crusaders.
In game two North Greenville jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the first inning for their only lead of the game. The Lady Lions knotted the game in the bottom of the first as Megan Day singled and stole two bases and crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
PC took the final lead of the game with a pair of runs in the second with three consecutive hits. The Lady Lions exploded for four runs on five hits in the third including a pair of stolen bases. With the score 9-2 in the sixth Della Torre came through with an RBI-single and ending the game on the run-rule.
On the day Allison Bailey batted 5-for-7 with two runs and two RBI to lead the Crusaders.
NGU will play at Newberry at noon on Saturday.