Botetourt, VA – On Thursday afternoon the North Greenville University softball team opened up play in the NCCAA National Tournament with a 2-1 loss to #6 seed Campbellsville University. After being sent into the loser’s bracket the Crusaders were quickly sent home, losing 2-0 to #7 Emmanuel College, ending the 2012 season.
Against the Tigers, North Greenville struck first with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Kansas Wofford’s RBI single put the Crusaders up by one to take the early lead.
After being unable to record a hit in the first four innings of play, Campbellsville collected its only two hits and runs of the game after putting together a rally that would eventually win the game and advance the team in the tournament, sending North Greenville into the loser’s bracket.
Rachel Glazebrook was credited with the tough loss after pitching a complete game, allowing just two runs on two hits, while striking out six batters compared to seven walks.
Wofford finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Sarah Armstrong, Amy Nagel and Hillary Key also collected hits for North Greenville.
After dropping the opener to Campbellsville, the Crusaders were matched up with Emmanuel in an elimination game where the Lions prevailed 2-0 to eliminate the Crusaders from the tournament.
The two teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Emmanuel put together a two-out rally, scoring both of their runs and sealing the victory over North Greenville.
Cassi Carpenter was tagged with the loss after pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Laura Hopper pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit.
Key was the only Crusader with a multi-hit game after finishing 2-for03 at the plate, while Nagel, Glazebrook and Kimberly Robertson each recorded one hit apiece in the game.
The Crusaders end their season with a 29-14 overall record and an 18-4 record in their inaugural season in Conference Carolinas.