Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville University softball team extended its lead in the conference standings with a double header split with Queens College (N.C), losing game one 4-3 while earning a 10-6 victory in game two.
In the first game of the day, the Royals handed North Greenville ace Rachel Glazebrook her third loss of the season after the right hander pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five batters.
Queens was on the board early with three runs in the top of the third before the Crusaders closed the gap with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Amy Nagel crushed a solo home run over the fence in the sixth inning to even the score at 3-3 before Queens rallied in the top of the seventh and final inning to claim the win.
Nagel led the offense going 2-for-2 from the plate with a double, a home run, one RBI and a run scored, while Sarah Armstrong was 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
The Crusaders jumped on the scoreboard early in the second game, scoring four runs in first inning and one in the second to build a commanding lead the Royals were unable to overcome.
Earning the victory on the mound for North Greenville was Laura Hopper who pitched six innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out three before Armstrong earned her first career save after pitching a scoreless final inning.
At the plate, Tori Freedman had her best career game finishing 3-for-4, including her first career home run, to go with four RBI and one run scored. Armstrong had another strong game as she was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Hillary Key also swiped two bases and finished 2-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored.
North Greenville is now 19-7 overall and 14-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders begin a four-game road trip as they travel to Gaffney, SC on Wednesday, April 4 for a contest with in-state rival Limestone College.