Crusaders Battle Eagles into Extra Innings
Friday, February 13, 2009
Crusaders Battle Eagles into Extra Innings

The women’s softball team played Carson-Newman in a double header at home today. The women got off to a rather rocky start with six runs in the very first inning, along with three-plus errors and a hit batter. “It was a definite case of the first game, first inning jitters,” said Coach Jan McDonald. The women lost the first game 0-9.

The second game was quite the different story. “[Freshman Taylor Roof] pitched an excellent game,” said McDonald. The Crusaders went into extra innings with Carson-Newman and even broke out the international tie breaker rule. It was 3-3 and could have gone either way but the Eagles cranked out one more run.

Carson-Newman had already played four games this season and came up against NGU with only a single loss against them. “They are a very good team – always strong,” said McDonald. “It was a difficult home opener for us, but I’m very proud of the girls for how well they played in the second game.”

Freshmen Whitney Center called a great second game at catcher, while junior Krysta Laird was solid at third base, making many exceptional defensive plays.

The Crusaders will be home again tomorrow to take on Milligan College at 1 p.m. “If we play like we played that second game, it will be two very good games against Milligan,” said McDonald.