Central, S.C.—Junior hurler Kristyn Smith pitched six innings registering giving up two hits but registered 17 strikeouts leading the North Greenville softball team to a 10-3 win over Southern Wesleyan University.
Freshman Kimberly Robertson finished the game pitching for NGU registering two strikeouts.
The 3 o’clock game was the first a double header with SWU and the coaching debut of new softball coach Sarah Hall. The Crusader offense exploded out of the gates in the first game. Led by Senior Allison Bailey who blasted two homeruns accounting for two runs batted in. Bailey was 2-2 with a walk in the game and also scored three runs.
Other offensive performers for NGU were Karli Taylor who was 2-4 with two doubles and runs scored and freshman Marielena Santos who had and hit and batted in two runs.
The Lady Crusaders would not let up in the second game of the double header. Right hander Taylor Roof pitched a complete six inning game giving up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. She also posted eight strike outs carrying North Greenville to a 10-2 victory.
Offensively the Crusaders hit the ball often and hard outhitting the Warriors 13-4 in the second game. Leaders for NGU offensive in the second game were Marielena Santos who was 2-4 scoring a run and accounting for two runs batted in. Hope Brewer was 2-2 with a triple and one run scored. Also registering RBI’s for NGU were Karli Taylor (2-4 with 2 RBI’s), Jessica Turner (1-3 with 2 RBI’s), and Shealy Broome (2-4 with 1 RBI). Pitcher Taylor Roof helped her own cause going 2-4 and scoring a run.
“Im very excited about the way we came out and started this season,” remarked head coach Sarah Hall after picking up the first two wins of her collegiate coaching career. “I think our pitching was outstanding and I am extremely pleased with our intensity on offense.”
With the opening series sweep, North Greenville is 2-0 on the season. The team will open up the home portion of its schedule with a double header against Lees McRae College.