Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville softball team swept a doubleheader from St. Andrews University Saturday afternoon at the NBU Softball Field, downing the visiting Knights 10-1 and 11-1 to even its season record at 3-3.

Freshman Cassi Carpenter (1-1) tossed a three-hitter at St. Andrew’s in the first game and hit a solo home run to lift her own cause in the game. Sarah Griffith blasted a two run homer that drove in two runs, Emily Campbell went 1-1 with a two run single, and Amy Nagel went 2-3 in support of Carpenter. Seven different NGU players drove in a run in the victory.

In the second game, the Crusaders’ bats remained as warm as the beautiful 65 degree day as they blasted out 11 hits, and scored nine runs in a wild fourth inning to win easily. Freshman Shelby Leasure (Anderson, SC) made her first start for Coach Sarah Hall, and ripped a three-run homer in the 4th. Rachel Holeman went 2-2 with 2 RBI’s, and Kansas Wofford also went 2-2. Rachel Glazebrook tossed a one-hitter and gave up no earned runs to earn her second win of the year.

“We hit the ball a whole lot better today than we did last week,” Hall noted. “Our freshmen really stepped it up big and hit the ball very hard with very few strikeouts. We had two freshmen (Leasure and Carpenter) hit home runs. Overall, it was a great performance and that will hopefully get us closer to being ready for conference play.”

North Greenville will travel to Raleigh, NC for a doubleheader with Shaw University Monday, Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m. After that, the Crusaders will begin a crucial 14-game home stand that is filled with five Conference Carolinas doubleheaders. The series begins with a non-conference battle against rival Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the NGU Softball diamond.