Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville opened the 2014 season on Thursday afternoon in Tigerville, dropping both games of a double header with Anderson University, dropping the first game 6-5 in eight innings, and 10-3 in a short five inning contest.
Rachel Glazebrook was looked solid in her first action of 2014, registering 14 strikeouts and just two walks. The Trojans were able to pound out six hits and five earned runs. Glazebrook went the distance for NGU, while Anderson split duty. Katelynn Howser started the game for Anderson, pitching four innings giving up three runs on four hits. Lauren Rudesheim finished the game for the Trojans giving up one earned run on two hits.
North Greenville struck first in the home half as Sarah Armstrong lead off the inning with a double, registering NGU’s first hit of the season. Armstrong would advance to third on a Heather Singleton sac bunt and score on a Glazebrook sacrifice fly to right field, giving NGU a 1-0 lead. Both teams would go in order in the second before Anderson would put its first runs of the day on the board.
A two run third inning would give the Trojans a 2-1 advantage. Glazebrook looked cruise through the inning, but couldn’t find the zone after consecutive strike out. She would issue back to back walks, giving Abby Child a chance to give the Anderson the lead, and she would do just that with a two run double. NGU would escape the inning limiting damage to just two runs, ending the threat with the third Anderson strikeout of the inning.
NGU looked poised to take the first game win, after carrying a 3-2 lead into the top half of the seventh inning. The Crusaders pulled ahead again in the fourth inning on Morgan Roache’s solo homerun and a double from Cassi Carpenter that scored Tori Freedman. North Greenville would hold the lead for a third of the seventh inning when Bri Cason tied the game on her first homerun of the day at three.
Anderson would carryt he momentum into the extra inning, plating three runs on three hits. Molly Child, Abby Child, and Danielle Swyger would account for three RBI’s as the Trojans took a 6-3 lead. NGU would answer however in the home half of the eighth. The Crusaders would plate two runs in the inning, and threaten with bases loaded and two outs. The game however would end on a pop out to second base, as the Crusaders would drop their 2014 opener.
Game two opened harmlessly as both teams would go down in order, hinting at a possible defensive struggle, but Anderson would opening up the scoring early taking a 3-0 lead in just the second inning. The big run getter in the inning once again coming off of Bri Cason, who’s second homerun of the day would give AU a 2-0 lead. Jessica Neidigh would supply the third run of the inning.
North Greenville’s turn to score three would come in the following inning, and al three would come with one swing of the bat. A walk and a single would put runners on first and second for the Crusaders, and those runners would trot home after Cassi Carpenter would drill a three run homer to left center, evening the tally at 3-3. The three run third would be all of the offense the Crusaders would be able to muster however.
Anderson would also add a run in the third, and top the scoring with a six run fourth inning, giving the Trojans a comfortable 10-3 lead. The game would only take five innings to finish, as light became scarce forcing game officials to call it after the official game mark had been met. The Crusaders finished game two with three runs on six hits, while the Trojans scored their 10 runs on 10 hits, aided by two North Greenville miscues in the field.
The Crusaders were led by Morgan Roach who was 2-6 on the day, with her first career homerun. She also scored twice. Sarah Armstrong also scored twice and was 2-7 while Cassi Carpenter accounted for two hits, and a team high five RBI’s. Also picking up the first hits of their college career were Shayna Finley who had two hits on the day, and Christie Reilly.
North Greenville is now officially underway and will continue a six game home stand on Saturday when Chowan visits Tigerville for a two game Saturday. First pitch between the Crusaders and Chowan is scheduled for 1pm.