Britsol, Tenn—The Crusaders fell to 2-10 on the season and 0-4 in conference play on Friday evening, dropping a midday double header to King University 5-3 in game one, and 4-1 in game two.
Game One (BOX SCORE)
The Crusaders are off to their worst start since 2007 when the team also started the season 2-10. Rachel Glazebrook had a tough day on the mound in game one for NGU giving five earned runs on six hits. She also struck out 11 batters. Courtney Campbell led NGU at the plate in the first game going 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sarah Armstrong and Marilena Santos were also 1-4 with a run scored.
NGU struck first in game one, scoring two runs in the second inning. Courtney Campbell and Kimberly Robertson (1-3 RBI) both picked up RBI’s during the frame. The Tornado would answer with a run of their own in the home half of the third inning, but the Crusaders would remain in control of the game, adding an insurance run in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.
King would have their breakout inning in the bottom half of the sixth however. Hannah Smith would tie the game with one swing of the bat, with a single up the middle, scoring two runs, evening the tally at three with two outs. King took the lead on the very next pitch, as Cassie Ringstaff made it 4-3 on a wild pitch. Smith would add an insurance run on a second wild pitch, to make the score 5-3.
NGU would threaten in the top half of the seventh inning, but was unable to capitalize on a two on, one out situation.
Game Two (BOX SCORE)
Sarah Armstrong took the loss for the Crusaders in game two after pitching six innings. She gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out four. Only two of the four runs were earned. Armstrong was also NGU’s top performer at the dish, going 3-4 with two runs scored. Rachel Glazebrook also had a multi-hit game going 2-2 with an RBI, and Kimberly Robertson was 2-3.
King continued its hot hitting in game two, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. NGU cut the lead in half in the third inning. Rachel Glazebrooks RBI single with one out, scored Sarah Armstrong who led the inning off with a single, and advanced to second on a Megan Steading sacrifice bunt. The Tornado would score their final two runs in the bottom half of the same inning, extending the lead to 4-1.
The Crusaders once again threatened a late inning comeback, and platted a run to cut King’s lead in half, but a one out double play, with two runners on base would end the threat. Two more runners were stranded by NGU, in the seventh inning, ending the threat, and giving King the double header sweep.
The Crusaders will have six days off to regroup, before returning to the diamond on March 14th against Shaw University. The first pitch is scheduled for 2pm in Tigerville.