Lady Crusaders split with Carson-Newman
Monday, February 21, 2011
Lady Crusaders split with Carson-Newman

Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville softball team split a double header with Carson-Newman University on Monday, losing game one 8-7 in eight innings and winning game two 3-2 in eight innings.

After a six-run fourth inning put the Lady Crusaders up by five runs, the Lady Eagles tied the game up with five runs in the top of the fifth and pushed across the winning run in the top of the eighth inning.

Laura Hopper started game one but control issues limited her to just 4 2/3 innings of work. Hopper allowed six runs (one earned) on four hits, while walking seven batters. Courtney Campbell picked up the loss as she pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on four hits.

On offense, Marielena Santos had her strongest game of the season as she finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI. Emily Campbell went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI, while Karli Taylor finished 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

In the second game of the afternoon both teams went to extra innings once again, this time with the Lady Crusaders coming out on top.

Both teams were scoreless until the seventh inning when each squad scored two runs apiece. After holding Carson-Newman scoreless in the top of the eighth, Taylor Roof drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the inning to plate Santos.

Roof had her second strong outing on the mound as she pitched a complete game allowing two runs on fives hits, while totaling two strikeouts.

At the plate, Sarah Griffith showed her power with a two-run home run in the seventh inning to keep the Lady Crusaders’ hopes alive. Griffith finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Roof collected two hits and an RBI, while Kristen Brown was 2-for-3 at the plate.

North Greenville will travel to Hartsville, S.C. on Thursday, Feb. 24 to play in a double header against Coker College beginning at 1 p.m.