Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville University softball team took its fourth straight doubleheader in a row Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders (9-3 overall/6-0 Conference Carolinas) took two from Coker College, 5-2 and 4-3 in eight innings at the NGU Softball Complex.
North Greenville maintained first place in the western division of Conference Carolinas with the sweep over Coker.
In game one, sophomore Rachel Glazebrook (5-1) won her fifth straight game on the mound with a six hitter and helped her cause at the plate going 1-3 with a two run home run in the fifth inning. NGU held a slim 2-1 lead heading into the fifth when Glazebrook ignited a big three run inning to put the game out of reach. Amy Nagel went 2-2 with two RBI’s, including a run scoring single in the first and a solo homer in the fifth. Sarah Armstrong also went 2-2 for the Crusaders.
Senior Karli Taylor exploded with the bat in key situations in game two as NGU won its second extra inning game of the year. Taylor went 3-4 with three RBI’s, including a two run home run that put the Crusaders up 3-2 in the sixth inning. The Cobras tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Cassi Carpenter (2-1), who came on in relief of Laura Hopper in the fourth inning, shut them down in the eighth to set up Taylor’s game winning walk off single in the bottom of the eighth. Sarah Armstrong had another solid game with a 2-4 performance, and Kimberly Robertson was also 2-4.
Coach Sarah Hall’s squad will host rival Erskine College for a doubleheader Tuesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Tigerville. NGU is midway through a key Conference Carolinas home stand. They will host two more doubleheaders before going on the road for an extensive period at the end of March.