Central, S.C. – The North Greenville softball team continued its push toward the postseason as the Lady Crusaders split a doubleheader with in-state rival Southern Wesleyan, dropping game one 5-4 but winning game two 1-0 on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Crusaders got on the scoreboard first in game one with three runs in the second inning. The Lady Warriors quickly answered with four runs of their own in the third inning to take a one-run lead. North Greenville tied the game at four runs apiece in the fourth inning before Southern Wesleyan knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Taylor Roof started game one for the Lady Crusaders and pitched three innings, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out three batters. Laura Hopper (3-4) picked up the loss for North Greenville as she pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits.
Roof led the offense as she finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Roof hit her team-leading sixth homerun of the season to lead off the second inning. Sarah Griffith had a solid game as she finished 1-for-1 at the plate with a homerun, one RBI and two runs scored, while Marielena Santos was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and Rachel Holeman finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored.
The Lady Crusaders used a stellar pitching performance by Courtney Campbell to secure the one-run victory in game two. With the win in game two the Lady Crusaders won the season series with the Lady Warriors 3-1.
Campbell (1-3) picked up her first win of the season as she pitched a complete game, allowing only seven hits to the Lady Warriors.
North Greenville scored its only run of the game in the fourth inning off back-to-back doubles by Karli Taylor and Liz Pitts. With two outs in the top of the inning, Taylor roped a double to right center field. Pitts also doubled to right field to drive in Taylor and the eventual game winning run.
Pitts led the offense, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and one RBI. Taylor also finished the game 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Santos, Campbell and Holeman each finished the game with two hits apiece as the Lady Crusaders recorded 10 hits in the game.
With only six games remaining, the Lady Crusaders (15-18) will some time off before they hit the road again on Monday, April 18 for a doubleheader against Milligan College in Milligan, Tenn. beginning at 2 p.m.