Tigerville, SC – led by dominant pitching performances by Rachel Glazebrook (Traveler’s Rest, SC) and Sarah Armstrong (Atlanta, GA), the North Greenville softball team (5-3) swept a doubleheader from rival Southern Wesleyan 3-1 and 9-0 at the NGU Softball Field Wednesday afternoon.
In game one, Glazebrook struck out 14 batters, including the first nine and 11 of the first 12 SWU hitters, to lead NGU to a 3-1 victory. Glazebrook (3-1) allowed only three hits and gave up an unearned run in the sixth inning. She worked out of jams in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and left two runners on in the 4th, three in the 5th and two in the top of the seventh inning.
Kimberly Robertson tripled in the first for NGU and Glazebrook brought her in with a sacrifice fly. Sarah Griffith smashed a solo home run (a team best 2nd of the year) in the 2nd, and Kendra Epting (Clinton, SC) pinch hit in the fifth inning and brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Armstrong made her first career start for Coach Sarah Hall and responded with a dazzling shutout and a two-hitter. She allowed only two Southern Wesleyan base runners in the game. Glazebrook backed Armstrong with a 4-4 performance and three 2 RBI’s, and Hilary Key went 2-3 with three RBI’s.
North Greenville scored one run in the second inning when Key singled in Emily Campbell. Robertson scored in third inning on a throwing error and the Crusaders led 2-0.
The Crusaders exploded in the bottom of the fifth inning with seven runs on five hits. Key drove in two more runs with a single in the inning, and Glazebrook’s two run RBI double with two outs ended the game with the eight run rule.
North Greenville has now won four straight games, and will continue Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when the Crusaders host King College at 2:00 p.m. in a doubleheader.