Tigerville, S.C.—Amy Nagel pounded out five RBI’s and the Crusaders picked up their third and fourth wins in a row, outclassing the Royals of Queens University 9-1 and 5-4 in double header conference action on Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium.
GAME ONE (BOX SCORE)
NGU Struck early in game one scoring three runs in the opening frame. Amy Nagel’s first home run of the season, a shot to right center field with two outs, gave the Crusaders a quick 3-0 advantage. Rachel Glazebrook and Kimberly Robertson came around to score for North Greenville.
NGU’s lead swelled to five in the third inning. Aided by three Royals’ errors and two hits, the Crusaders platted two runs on Kimberly Robertson’s RBI single to left field. Heather Singleton and Megan Steading would cross for NGU, giving the Crusaders a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Conserving the lead for the Crusaders on the mound was Rachel Glazebrook. Glazebrook, now 4-5 on the season pitched five innings and struck out six while allowing just one unearned run. North Greenville took a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning before Queens finally broke into the scoring column. Whitney Britt, who reached on an error to lead off the top half of the fifth, would come around to score on Noemi Rodrig double, cutting the Crusaders’ lead to just 6-1.
NGU’s offense, which struggled earlier in the season, would answer the challenge and put together a three run fifth frame to end the game. The breadwinner in the home half of the fifth was an RBI triple from Sarah Armstrong that scored Marielena Santos and Rachel Holeman, giving the Crusaders the 8 run lead and a “mercy rule” win, in game one.
Tori Freedman was the only player with a multi-hit game one for NGU, with a 2-3 performance. Freeman also scored a run. Marielena Santos was 1-3 at the dish with two runs scored, and Sarah Armstrong was 1-4 with two RBI’s. Glazebrook was 1-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored. She also allowed just one hit in her five innings of work.
GAME TWO (BOX SCORE)
NGU’s offense picked up in game two, where it left off in game one. After turning the Royal’s away in the top of the first, the Crusaders put together a two run opening frame to take a quick 2-0 lead. The Crusaders loaded the bases with just out before Amy Nagel’s sacrifice fly scored Megan Steading to put NGU on top 1-0. Tori Freedman would follow Nagel with a RBI single to right field to give NGU an early 2-0 lead.
North Greenville would pad the lead in the home half of the second, after once again holding the Royals scoreless in their part of the second frame. North Greenville would be rewarded with a two run homer from Sarah Armstrong, scoring herself and Kansas Wofford, who reached earlier in the inning on a leadoff single, giving North Greenville a 4-0 lead as the two clubs headed to the third inning.
NGU’s 4-0 lead would be short lived however, as the Royals were finally able to break through in the top of the third. Whitney Brit’s grand slam with one out would even the tally at four. The homer would end Sarah Armstrong’s day on the mound after pitching 2.1 innings. Armstrong allowed seven hits in short work, and four runs, all of which were earned.
The third inning homerun from Queens would cap the scoring for both teams until the fifth inning. The Crusaders, who were looking for their first conference series win of the season, took advantage of a leadoff double from Rachel Glazebrook. Amy Nagel, collected her fifth RBI of the day when her bloop single to center field scored Heather Singleton, who was brought in to pinch run for Glazebrook, giving North Greenville a tight 5-4 lead.
Cassi Carpenter, who was brought in, in the third inning in relief, would shut the Royals down in the sixth and seventh innings, handing NGU its second conference win of the season, and fourth win overall. Carptenter pitched 4.2 innings, and allowed four hits, which resulted in no runs for the Royals. The Crusaders improved to 6-10 on the season, and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas.
NGU will return to the field on March 20th, when conference leading Limestone travels to Tigerville for a conference showdown with North Greenville. The Crusaders and Saints will square off at 2pm in Tigerville.