Dahlonega, Ga. – Opening the season in frigid conditions with temperatures below freezing, the North Greenville softball team dropped its first two games of the 2012 season, 8-0 to Bellarmine University (KY) and 4-2 to third ranked (NCAA II) North Georgia College and State University.
Coach Sarah Hall’s team played its first game against Bellarmine Saturday afternoon, and freshman pitcher Alicia Miller threw a two-hitter at the Crusaders as the Knights came out on top 8-0. Kimberly Robertson and Sarah Griffith had the two hits for NGU. Rachel Glazebrook took the loss in her first action on the mound. She only gave up one earned run in three innings, and freshman Sarah Armstrong, made her first appearance for the Crusaders in relief.
In the second game, NGU faced off against one of the nation’s top Division II clubs and pulled to within one run, but could not get closer in the frosty conditions. North Georgia scored three runs in the first inning off of Laura Hopper, and then had to hold off a Crusader rally. NGU came back to within one run after scoring two runs in the third inning. Courtney Campbell (who went 3-3 on the day with two RBI’s), knocked in Sarah Griffith and Amy Nagel with a double. Glazebrook came on in relief of Hopper in the second and shut the Knights, giving up only one run in the third.
“It was really, really cold out there today, and we had to shake off the first game jitters,” Hall said. “We faced two very good teams, and I’d love to play them when it isn’t so cold. We got a lot better in the second game against a really good team in North Georgia, so I can’t be too discouraged considering the conditions. We’ll be anxious to get back on the field next week.”
North Greenville (0-2) will travel to Young Harris, Georgia for a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and will open its home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 18 with a DH against St. Andrews at 1:00 p.m. in Tigerville.