Milligan, Tenn. – Despite taking both games to extra innings, the Lady Crusader softball team dropped a doubleheader to Milligan College 1-0 and 5-4 on Monday afternoon.
North Greenville and Milligan were in a scoreless tie in game one until an RBI single by Milligan’s Emily Biggs ended the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Taylor Roof (8-10) picked up the tough loss after pitching 7 2/3 innings, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out eight batters, pushing her season total to a team-leading 105 strikeouts.
At the plate, the Lady Crusaders were able to muster only four hits in the game. Courtney Campbell led the offense as she finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, while Roof and Emily Campbell each finished the game 1-for-3.
In game two, Milligan struck early with three runs in the first inning and one more in the third before the Lady Crusaders stormed back with three runs of their own in the fourth inning. North Greenville tied the game at four runs apiece in the top of the seventh inning before Milligan used an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to sweep the doubleheader.
Roof had a stellar game two at the plate as she finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Roof hit her team-leading seventh home run in the fourth inning. The three-run blast brought her team-leading RBI total to 22 runs batted in on the season. C. Campbell continued her strong day on offense, as she was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while Kelsey Burgess finished the day 1-for-3 with a double and her first collegiate RBI.
C. Campbell started on the mound in game two but lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Laura Hopper came on in relief but control issues limited her to just 2/3 of an inning before Roof pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits. Kimberly Robertson (3-2) picked up the loss after pitching the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out two batters.
With four games left on the schedule, the Lady Crusaders (15-20) will travel to Tusculum, Tenn. tomorrow, April 19, to play in a doubleheader against Tusculum College beginning at 2 p.m.