NGU SOFTBALL MAINTAINS CONFERENCE CAROLINAS LEAD DESPITE SPLIT WITH BELMONT ABBEY
Saturday, March 31, 2012
NGU SOFTBALL MAINTAINS CONFERENCE CAROLINAS LEAD DESPITE SPLIT WITH BELMONT ABBEY

Belmont, NC – The North Greenville softball team won game one of a Conference Carolinas doubleheader with Belmont Abbey (NC) Saturday afternoon by pounding out 11 hits to defeat the Crusaders 6-1, but dropped its first league game in the second contest 3-2.  NGU is now 18-6 overall and in first place in the western division with a 13-1 record.

Rachel Glazebrook (10-2) once again dazzled on the mound for Coach Sarah Hall as she spun a three hitter to gain her tenth win of the year.  She supported her mound effort with a 3-4 performance at the plate.  Karli Taylor and Emily Campbell knocked in two runs apiece, and Sarah Griffith went 3-3 to lead NGU. 

North Greenville left seven runners on base in the last three innings and could not get a key hit to close a 3-2 deficit in game two as Belmont Abbey became the first team in the league to beat the Crusaders.  Cassi Carpenter started on the mound, but gave up all three Belmont runs before being relieved by Laura Hopper in the fourth inning.  Hopper shut down the Crusaders the rest of the way.  Sarah Armstrong went 2-4, Glazebrook was 2-3 and ran her batting average to a team best .410, and Kansas Wofford was 2-4 for North Greenville. 

Emily Self of Belmont Abbey managed to work out of huge jams in the last three frames, stranding three Crusaders runners in the fifth, and two in both the sixth and seventh to earn the rare win over NGU.  North Greenville saw its five game conference winning streak snapped in the second game.

NGU will host Queens College (NC) Monday, April 2 at the Crusader Softball Complex in a makeup of a rained out series from mid-March.  The games will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The Queens DH marks the next to last home series for NGU this season.  The Crusaders are pointing to the Conference Carolinas post-season tournament which will begin April 19 in Sumter, SC.