CRUSADERS OPEN UP 2013 SEASON WITH DOUBLE-HEADER SPLIT
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
CRUSADERS OPEN UP 2013 SEASON WITH DOUBLE-HEADER SPLIT

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team racked up 14 hits in two games, while holding the Tusculum Pioneers to just two for the day in an opening day double-header split. The Crusaders grabbed game one by a 7-0 margin while falling 1-0 in game two.

Game One

North Greenville struck first in the bottom of the opening frame when Rachel Glazebrook’s single up the middle scored Sarah Armstrong for the year’s first RBI and run scored.

Glazebrook showed why she is one of the Conference Carolinas best, holding the South Atlantic Conference member hitless and scoreless in seven innings of work. Glazebrook helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-4 with a homerun, two RBI, and a run scored.

The Crusaders added another run in the 3rd on Glazebrook’s solo homerun, her first of the season. North Greenville padded its lead in the fourth inning scoring four runs on four hits and two Tusculum errors. The rally started when Kansas Wofford reached on an infield single with one out scoring later on Tusculum’s first error of the inning on a single by Marielena Santos to left field.

Next for the Crusaders was Sarah Armstrong, who picked up her first two RBI’s of the season with a single that scored Santos and Jordan Farmer who reached earlier on a base on balls. Kimberly Robertson would put the exclamation point on the inning, with an RBI single, scoring Armstrong from third base.

North Greenville would finish the game on cruise control, scoring one more run in the sixth inning when Marielena Santos scored on a passed ball. Rachel Glazebrook finished the game racking up 12 strikeouts and just five walks. Offensively, Sarah Armstrong was solid in the leadoff spot, going 2-3 with two runs scored, and two RBI. Marilena Santos finished the game perfect on the season going 2-2 with two runs scored and a walk.

North Greenville 7, Tusculum 0 (Feb 05, 2013 at Tigerville, S.C.) (Game 1)

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Tusculum............ 000 000 0 - 0 0 2 (0-1)

North Greenville.... 101 401 X - 7 10 1 (1-0)

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Pitchers: Tusculum - Elizabeth Johnson; Kelly King(4); Leah Powell(6). North Greenville -

Rachel Glazebrook.

Win-Rachel Glazebrook(1-0) Loss-Elizabeth Johnson(0-1) T-2:00 A-124

HR NGU - Rachel Glazebrook (1).

Weather: 58 F Partly Cloudy

Game Two

Box Score 

Game Two was more of a defensive struggle, as both pitchers beared down, allowing just six hits in seven innings of play. Cassi Carpenter chalked up four strikeouts and three walks for the Crusaders but lacked support in the field, as NGU committed three errors. Offensively, the Crusaders mustered just four hits, while stranding five runners.

North Greenville’s best chances of the game to score came in the fifth and sixth innings leaving runners in scoring position both frames. Marielena Santos, Rachel Glazebrook, and Cassi Carpenter all registered a hit for the Crusaders. Megan Steading also picked up a hit, the first of her career.

The Pioneers scored their only run of the day in the 6th inning. After a fielding error by NGU kept the inning alive, Tusculum’s Katie Brennan deposited a line drive between, short and third, scoring a run, and giving the Pioneers the one run lead. The Crusaders looked to answer in the bottom half of the frame, but a double play with one out, and two on, ended the threat. The Crusaders would go quietly in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Pioneers their first win of the season.

Tuesday’s double header-split puts NGU at 1-1 on the season. NGU will take the field again on February 13th at home against Young Harris College. The Crusaders open Conference Carolinas play on March 5th against Coker College.

Tusculum 1, North Greenville 0 (Feb 05, 2013 at Tigerville, S.C.) (Game 2)

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Tusculum............ 000 001 0 - 1 2 1 (1-1)

North Greenville.... 000 000 0 - 0 4 3 (1-1)

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Pitchers: Tusculum - Kelly King. North Greenville - Cassi Carpenter.

Win-Kelly King(1-1) Loss-Cassi Carpenter(0-1) T-1:35 A-119

Weather: 52 F Partly Cloudy