Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville and Erskine College faced off for the second time as Conference Carolinas foes on Wednesday afternoon. The Fleet took a 3-1 game one victory over the Crusaders. Game two was suspended in the 8th inning with both teams knotted at 5-5 due to a lack of daylight.
GAME ONE (BOX SCORE)
Kimberly Robertson led the way at the plate for NGU with a 3-4 appearance. Tori Freedman registered the games only RBI for NGU and was 1-2 overall. Amy Nagel was 2-4 from the dish.
Neither team scored in the first inning, the Crusaders threatened in the home half of the second, but left the bases loaded, failing to break the 0-0 tie. The Fleet would break through in the top half of the third, scoring two runs on two hits. Larissa Shannon’s shot to short stop singled in a run to give Erskine a 1-0 lead. The Fleet grabbed a 2-0 on the next batter when Morgan Purcell’s liner to right field found open space, singling in Erskine’s second run of the day.
The Crusaders bounced back in the very next inning with a run of their own when Tori Freedman’s single up the middle scored Rachel Glazebrook, cutting Erskine’s lead to 2-1. The Crusaders would once again leave runners on however, as the Fleet escaped the NGU threat for the second straight inning. The Crusaders were held at bay for much of the first game, due in part to Erskine’s Kelsey Spurrier. Spurrier pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits, but just one run.
Both teams would be turned away in the fourth, before Erskine platted the final run of the game in the fifth. Morgan Purcell’s second hit of the game, an RBI double which scored Brooke Beson from third gave the Fleet a solid 3-1 lead. The fleet ended the opening game of the double header with six total hits off of NGU’s Rachel Glazebrook. Glazebrook finished the day with charged with three earned runs on six hits, and seven strikeouts.
GAME TWO (BOX SCORE)
The Crusaders looked to break out of their offensive cloud in game two, but it was Erskine which broke through first. The Fleet platted a run in the first inning, and another two in the second to take an early 3-0 lead over North Greenville. Larissa Shannon’s RBI single in the opening frame handed the Fleet a 1-0 lead while Whitney Brown’s single in the second inning scored two. The Flying Fleet would score a fourth run in the fifth inning, but not before The Crusaders damaged the scoreboard.
North Greenville put together two straight one run innings to cut the Fleet’s lead to 3-2. Sarah Armstrong and Kimberly Robertson were credited with RBI’s for the Crusaders. The run in the Erskine fifth extended the lead to 4-2 for Erskine, but the Crusaders were un deterred once again answering with back-to-back scoring sequences in the fifth and sixth innings on a run scoring double from Freedman in the fifth, and another from Robertson in sixth, evening the tally at 4-4, ultimately sending the game into extra innings.
Both teams would score a run in the eighth inning, before the “lights went out”. Erskine took a 5-4 lead in the top half of the frame with a sacrifice fly from Whitney Brown. The Crusaders answered in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly of their own. Sarah Armstrong’s deep fly to center field scoring Jordan Farmer, tieing the game before play was suspended.
The Crusaders offense picked up in the second game, led by Marielena Santos who was 3-4. Kimberly Robertson led the Crusaders with two RBI’s after a 2-4 performance. Sarah Armstrong was 1-4 with two RBI’s while Kansas Wofford was 2-4 with a run scored. Armstrong also pitched for the Crusaders, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, in eight innings of work.
The Flying Fleet were led by Whitney Brown who put together a 2-3 performance with three RBI’s. Colleen Gardner was 2-4 from the plate in game two with two runs scored for Erskine while Erica McCarson was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Kelsey Spurrier, once again pitched a solid six innings for the Fleet, giving up three earned runs on 10 NGU hits. Kaitlyn White registered two innings in the circle for Erskine, giving up one run on one hit.
The Crusaders fell to 10-15-1 overall on the season, and 6-7-1 in Conference play. No makeup date has been scheduled for the suspension. The Crusaders will look to get back to the .500 mark in conference play on Saturday when Barton College travels to Tigerville for a double header with North Greenville scheduled to start at 1pm.