Anderson, S.C.— The upset minded Crusaders fell short on Monday evening dropping two games to Anderson University, in frigid conditions. The Trojans needed a last inning single to take an 8-7 decision in game one, followed by a 9-6 win over NGU in game two.
After North Greenville rallied for five runs over the final two innings, including posting three runs on a pair of homers in the top of the seventh inning, the Trojans answered with a pair of runs on Young’s two-out single to the fence with the bases loaded, scoring Abby Child from third and Danielle Swygert from second. Abby Child had opened the inning with her second walk of the contest and Swygert notched her second single to get two runners on base with no outs. Three batters later, Smith drew a walk to load the bases and Young followed by going the opposite way for the game-winner.
North Greenville opened the game by taking a 2-0 lead after a half-inning on Glazebrook’s one-out home run to center field. Anderson countered with a solo run in the bottom of the frame to trim the deficit to 2-1. Neidigh led off with the first of her three singles and crossed the plate on Swygert’s base hit.
The score remained the same until freshman Molly Child launched her sixth home run of the season beyond the fence in right-center with the bases full for a grand slam and a 5-2 Trojan lead in the fourth inning. The Crusaders took advantage of one-out back-to-back doubles from Kansas Wofford and Marielena Santos to pull within 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning, while AU countered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
North Greenville’s Amy Nagel and Rachel Holman each homered in the top of the final inning, as the Crusaders batted around and took a brief 7-6 edge. Anderson would again counter in the home half of the seventh inning, as AU’s Samantha Young roped a two run single to right field, handing the Trojans the game one victory.
Game two proved just as exciting as game one, as the offenses picked up where they left off. Anderson took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but NGU answered in the top half of the second, on Rachel Glazebrook’s two out grand slam which gave NGU the 4-2 lead.
The Trojans once again countered NGU’s uppercut with a big inning of their own. The Trojans batted around two consecutive innings to take a commanding 9-5 lead on the Crusaders. The Crusaders took advantage of an Anderson error and cut the AU lead to 9-6 in the sixth inning, but could not pull any closer.
The out of conference loss drops NGU to 8-14 on the season, while the Trojans improve to 29-5. The Crusaders will return to league play on Wednesday when they welcome Belmont Abbey to Tigerville for a double header at Pepsi Field.