Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Young Harris, Ga. – The state of Georgia has been tough on the North Greenville softball team in the last week, but the Crusaders got in the win column for the first time Wednesday as they defeated Young Harris College (GA) 4-3.  NGU dropped the second game of the doubleheader 2-1.  NGU dropped two games in North Georgia in freezing conditions last Saturday.
In the first game, NGU scored two runs in the first inning when Sarah Armstrong scored on an error and Sarah Griffith singled in a run, and the Crusaders took a 2-0 lead.  Rachel Glazebrook limited Young Harris to one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.  North Greenville took a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning when Courtney Campbell doubled and junior transfer Amy Nagel belted her first home run for Coach Sarah Hall.  Nagel’s two run blast turned out to be a game winning RBI, when Glazebrook struck out two Young Harris batters in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game.
Game two was yet another tight contest, and freshman Cassi Carpenter made her first career start on the mound for the Crusaders.  Hall said she pitched a solid game, but NGU just couldn’t get the key hits with runners on base.  “We had two runners on in the top of the seventh inning, but we just couldn’t push in the runs,” Hall said.  “It’s the little things right now.  We had trouble getting bunts down, and we aren’t seeing the ball at the plate as well as I’d like, but it’s early in the season.”
NGU’s only run came in the fifth inning when Kansas Wofford doubled in pinch runner Hillary Key.  Young Harris scored its two runs on three hits in the third inning, but Carpenter shut them down the rest of the game.  
“Both (Rachel) Glazebrook and (Cassi) Carpenter pitched very well for us,” Hall said.  “We just needed a key hit with runners in scoring position.”
North Greenville (1-3) will open its home schedule Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Crusaders host St. Andrews University for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader in Tigerville.