Tigerville, S.C.—The Crusaders evened their Conference record at 6-6, and improved to 10-14 overall on Wednesday with a pair of wins over Belmont Abbey College, the other Crusaders of the Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders earned a 6-0 shutout in game one, and wrapped up the day with an 8-2 decision.
GAME ONE (BOX SCORE)
Rachel Glazebrook pieced together 14 strikeouts around four base hits and two walks en route to her seventh decision of the season leading the Crusaders past Belmont Abbey in game one. Glazebrook was also 1-4 at the plate. Cassi Carpenter also had two RBI’s for the Crusaders going 1-3 from the plate while Sarah Armstrong scored two runs with a 1-2 performance at the dish.
The Crusaders managed go piece together a set of two run innings en route to the game one win. NGU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kimberly Robertson’s RBI double, that scored Sarah Armstrong gave NGU a 1-0 advantage. Robertson would later score on a Belmont Abbey error to give the Crusaders a 2-0 cushion.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning, but North Greenville jumped back on the wagon in the third inning with a second two run frame that swelled NGU’s lead to 4-0. Cassie Carpenter’s RBI double scoring Tori Freedman and Robertson, compounding the NGU lead.
NGU left the bases loaded in the fourth inning, but tacked on two more runs in the sixth on Rachel Glazebrook’s two run blast to left field. It was her sixth homer of the season and 20th and 21st RBI’s of the season. The Abbey Crusaders picked up a one out single in the top of the seventh inning; their first hit since the third inning, but were once again turned away by North Greenville.
GAME TWO (BOX SCORE)
Tori Freedman paced NGU with a 2-3 performance with 3 RBI’s and Courtney Campbell was 2-2 for two RBI’s in game two, propelling NGU to its second win of the day. Also showing out at the plate for the Crusaders was Amy nagel who was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sarah Armstrong was steady on the mound for north Greenville picking up her first win of the season giving six hits, but just two runs in seven innings of work.
Two was the number of the day, as the Crusaders once again strung together several two run innings to earn the game two win. Both teams were shut out in the first frame, but the Crusaders broke the 0-0 tie in the second inning after piecing together two hits around an Abbey error. The Crusaders gained the lead when Courtney Campbell flare to right field found space scoring Tori Freedman and Kadie Nix, earning the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders would go on to take a 6-0 lead before Abbey would score its first runs of the day in the top of the sixth inning. The Crusaders cut the North Greenville lead to 6-2, after stringing together five hits to plate two runs. NGU aided the cause with its first error of the day. Belmont’s first run of the day would score on an NGU error that platted Kaitlyn Jones. Emily Self’s double would tack on another run for the Crusaders, but NGU would clamp down on defense, as Abbey Stranded two runners after an inning ending pop out.
North Greenville would add two more runs in the home half of the sixth to take an 8-2 lead, and the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey would go quietly seventh as NGU earned the two game sweep. The two mid week wins moved NGU into the six spot in the Conference Carolinas Standings with just under a month left in the 2013 regular season. NGU will take a week off before taking on Erskine College on April 4th in Tigerville.