Botetourt, Va. – After winning the NCCAA South Regional Tournament, the North Greenville softball team continued their success with a 2-1 victory over Covenant College in extra innings in the first round of the NCCAA National Tournament.
The #4 seed Lady Crusaders jumped on the board early when Kansas Wofford drove in Marielena Santos with an RBI single in the first inning. North Greenville held the one-run lead until the Lady Scots’ Jenni Jobe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With the scored still tied at one run apiece, North Greenville and Covenant headed to extra innings. It was a pitcher’s dual until the ninth inning.
Freshmen Emily Campbell and Liz Pitts began the inning with back-to-back singles before Santos grounded out to first advancing the runners. Kimberly Robertson followed with a fielder’s choice but Campbell was thrown out at home, leaving runners on first and third with two outs. Wofford stepped into the batter’s box and came up with the biggest hit of her college career as she doubled to left field, bringing Pitts in to win the game and advance the Lady Crusaders to the second round.
Taylor Roof was the unsung hero of the day as she was able to pitch through some control issues (five walks and two hit batters) to throw a complete game, one-hitter allowing only one run, while striking out seven batters.
Wofford had the hot bat for the Lady Crusaders as she finished the game 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Pitts, Robertson and Courtney Campbell each finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate, while E. Campbell, Karli Taylor and Sarah Griffith each recorded a hit in the game.
North Greenville will have a short turnaround as the Lady Crusaders take on Geneva College at 2 p.m. tomorrow, May13, in the second round of the NCCAA World Series.