FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA--North Greenville University won one of three games at the NCCAA South Regional Tournament this weekend. The Crusaders won the first game of Friday afternoon's doubleheader versus Emmanuel College 4-1, but dropped the nightcap 6-2. Emmanuel won 8-6 Saturday morning to win the South Regional championship.
Allison Bailey led NGU from the plate in the first game, batting 3-for-4 with two RBI. Kayla Farmer and Shealy Broome each had one one RBI for the game. Lindsey Eargle, Katie Eargle, Broome, and Bridget Watson all scored runs for the Crusaders.
Kristyn Smith pitched a complete game, striking out eight, to pick up the win for NGU.
In the nightcap, Emmanuel took an early 3-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back. The Lions added runs in the fourth and sixth innings. NGU scored two runs in the seventh inning as Watson tripled in Broome and then scored on a passed ball.
The two teams squared off Saturday morning for the final game of the best-of-three series for the NCCAA South Regional championship. Emmanuel took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. NGU came back in third inning and scored four runs to grab the lead.
Bailey singled in Christina Shin to get things started for the Crusaders in the fourth. Then, Farmer plated Bailey with a single. Farmer then scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Tia LaFreniere. Hope Brewer scored in a wild pitch.
Emmanuel did not go away, however. The Lions used back-to-back home runs to pick up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to an 8-6 victory and the championship.
NGU, 18-27 on the season, will play its final doubleheader of the year Tuesday afternoon at home versus Presbyterian College. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.