Tigerville, SC – Junior Marielena Santos (Goose Creek, SC) drove in three runs in the first game, and ripped a game winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning in game two to lead the North Greenville (7-3/4-0 Conference Carolinas) Crusaders to a 7-1 and 6-5 sweep of King College (TN) Wednesday afternoon at the NGU Softball Complex. NGU won its sixth consecutive game and moved into first place in the CC’s western division.
In game one, Rachel Glazebrook spinned a neat four hitter for NGU to run her season record to 4-1 as Coach Sarah Hall’s team blasted the Tornados 7-1. Santos went 1-3 and knocked in three runs, two in the second, and the final Crusader run in the sixth inning. Glazebrook once again helped her mound effort with a 2-4 performance at the plate and one RBI. Kimberly Robertson was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, and Hillary Key was 2-3 with an RBI.
The second game was a back and forth contest as NGU went up 2-0 early and then saw King score four runs in the fifth inning to go up 4-2. North Greenville rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 4-4. Santos put NGU up 5-4 with a single in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tornados plated the tying run in the seventh. NGU could not score in its half of the seventh, and the game went to extras.
Freshman Sarah Armstrong, who came on to pitch in relief of Cassi Carpenter in the fifth inning, got King’s Stephanie Rodriguez to ground out with the go ahead run on third base in the top of the eighth to end King’s inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Kimberly Robertson advanced Armstrong to second base with a sacrifice to start the inning. Santos came through once again for the Crusaders as she knocked a single to left field that brought in Armstrong with the winning run. Armstrong ran her pitching record to 2-0 on the year.
Top hitters for NGU were Santos, who was 2-3 with two RBI’s, and Glazebrook, who went 2-3.
North Greenville will continue its long Conference Carolinas home stand on Friday, March 2 when the Crusaders host Queens College (NC) at 2:00 p.m. in Tigerville.