TIGERVILLE, SC—North Greenville University hit three home runs in the final two innings, including an 8th inning walk-off homer, to win the final game of its season 9-8 over visiting Presbyterian College. Presbyterian won the front end of the doubleheader 1-0.
Prior to the game North Greenville and the Travelers Rest chapter of the Relay for Life honored the memory of head softball coach Buster Sturkie, who passed away in February. Sturkie is a former head coach at Presbyterian, and the last game he coached was against the Blue Hose.
Game 1: PC 1, NGU 0
Rachel Parker hit a home run in the sixth inning to break a 0-0 tie in what proved to be the only run Presbyterian would need in game one.
Mary Gordon struck out four batters and only gave up three hits in seven innings of work to pick up the win on the mound for PC. Kristyn Smith gave up five hits and struck out four in the loss.
Taylor Staten batted 2-for-3 to lead PC from the plate, while Parker went 1-for-3 with the home run.
Game 2: NGU 9, PC 8
Presbyterian opened up the nightcap with three runs in the first inning and one in the second to grab an early 4-0 lead.
NGU climbed to within one run at 4-3 in the third inning, but fell behind 7-3 after a big sixth inning for the Blue Hose.
Krista Yeoman, in her final collegiate at-bat, led off the seventh inning with a home run to left-centerfield to begin the Crusader rally. Five batters later, Kayla Farmer knocked a three-run homer to left-centerfield to tie the game 7-7.
In the top of the eighth inning, PC scored one run as Staten singled in Morgan White to give PC an 8-7 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Krista Laird hit a walk-off, two-run homer over the fence in right-centerfield to give the Crusaders the victory.
Yeoman pitched eight innings, striking out three, to pick up the win on the mound for NGU in her final game in a Crusader uniform.
NGU finishes the season 19-28.