Cleveland, GA – Just one week removed from a runner-up finish in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the North Greenville University softball team advanced to the championship game of the NCCAA South Regional Tournament with victories over Truett McConnell and Emmanuel College on Friday.
The Crusaders, who earned the #1 seed after compiling the best overall record in the region, took on the Bears of Truett McConnell in the first game of the day and came away with a decisive 12-4 win.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early six-run lead after two innings thanks in large part to three early errors by the Bears. Truett McConnell cut the lead to 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth but North Greenville scored six runs over the final two frames to extend their lead and earn the win.
Laura Hopper improved her record to 4-3 on the season after pitching a complete game, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits.
Sarah Armstrong led the offense with a 2-for-4 performance, including a double, two runs scored, three RBI and two stolen bases, while Kimberly Robertson was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and two RBI.
The second game of the day was a pitcher’s duel as Emmanuel and North Greenville combined for just five runs on 13 hits.
The Lions and Crusaders each scored all of their runs in the third inning, as Rachel Glazebrook took control and shut down the Emmanuel offense for the final three innings of play.
The right hander earned her 14th win of the season with a complete game performance, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out eight batters.
Kansas Wofford was the offensive star of the day for North Greenville as her two-RBI single in the third inning put the Crusaders ahead for good and proved to be the eventual game-winner. Wofford finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Courtney Campbell was 1-for-2 with an RBI of her own.
With the back-to-back wins the Crusaders have earned a spot in the NCCAA South Regional Tournament Championship game. North Greenville will take on the winner of Emmanuel vs. Point University at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon looking to earn its second straight NCCAA South Regional title and advance to the NCCAA National Tournament.