Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville softball team was unable to start the new season off the way it had planned after dropping a double header to Mars Hill College 2-0 and 7-1 on Friday afternoon.
“Obviously starting the season off with two losses is disappointing,” said head coach Sarah Hall. “We saw some things we need to work on and we will do our best to fix those and get ready for our next game.”
In game one, Rachel Glazebrook, a transfer from Georgia Tech, made her first career start in a Lady Crusader uniform. Glazebrook did well as she pitched a complete game allowing on four hits while striking out nine.
However, the Lady Lions were able to get a stellar performance from pitcher Tara West, who held North Greenville to just two hits in the game.
Glazebrook and Courtney Campbell each finished 1-for-2 at the plate for the Lady Crusaders in game one.
Game two saw Mars Hill pick up where they left off as the Lady Lions scored two runs in the first inning and five in the fourth to hand the Lady Crusaders their second loss of the day.
North Greenville and Mars Hill each finished with nine hits apiece, but the Lady Crusaders were just 2-for-12 with runners on base compared to the 6-for-23 performance by Mars Hill.
Taylor Roof got the start in game two, but was unable to keep control. Roof managed to pitch 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four batters. Laura Hopper finished the game for North Greenville as she pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out three.
At the plate, Campell and Hopper led the team with two hits each. Roof put the Lady Crusaders on the board with a solo home run in the second inning and finished the day 1-for-3 with an RBI. Glazebrook was also 1-for-3 with a double.
The Lady Crusaders (0-2) will have a few day to rest as they prepare to travel to Due West, S.C. on Feb. 15 to take on future Conference Carolinas opponent Erskine College in a double header beginning at 2 p.m.