Gaffney, SC – North Greenville (20-8, 15-3 CC) scored runs in five of seven innings, and Tori Freedman and Kimberly Robertson knocked in two runs each as the Crusaders downed Limestone College 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at the Saints’ softball field.
NGU built a 5-0 lead through the first four innings when Rachel Glazebrook slapped a double to the left field gap to drive in a run in the first inning. Courtney Campbell tripled to the right center gap to lead off the second inning. Kimberly Robertson then singled up the middle to make it 2-0. In the NGU third, Glazebrook walked and Freedman belted a two-run homer over the centerfield fence to make it 4-0. Sarah Armstrong drove in a single run in the fifth with a single that made it 5-0.
Armstrong went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead NGU and Campbell was 3-for-4 with triple. Glazebrook pitched a complete game four hit shutout, and ran her season record to 11-3 overall. She is just one win shy of tying the North Greenville all-time record for most wins in a season by a pitcher. She also has a solid 1.34 ERA with 130 strikeouts (9.68 per game).
North Greenville’s pitching got roughed up by the Saints in game two as Limestone pounded 11 hits to lead the way to a 7-1 win over the Crusaders. Leah Quant spun a two-hitter for the Saints and NGU could manage only a Courtney Campbell RBI sacrifice bunt that brought in Sarah Armstrong who tripled to open the sixth inning. Limestone held a slim 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth when the Saints erupted for five runs against Sarah Armstrong who relieved Laura Hopper in the fifth inning.
North Greenville still maintains a two-game lead over Erskine in the Conference Carolinas’ western division with four games left in the regular season. Coach Sarah Hall’s squad will travel to Barton College in Wilson, NC for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 10 for a 4:00 p.m. scheduled doubleheader. The Crusaders will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader against Pfeiffer College in Tigerville on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.
NGU will travel to Sumter, SC for the Conference Carolinas post-season tournament which begins Thursday, April 19. The University’s first ever berth in the NCAA Division II championships will be on the line.