Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenvill scored 19 runs in ten innings, and recorded 19 hits, en route to a double-header sweep of Brevard College. The Crusaders ended both games on the mercy rule with a 9-0 win in game one, and 10-2 win in game two.

Game One: 

Act one was a defensive struggle for much of the contest. Both teams reached base several times, but were unable to capitalize. Nine runners were stranded between the two teams, in the five innings played with just three hits between the two squads.

The score was knotted at 0-0 until the fifth inning when North Greenville broke the contest wide open. The Crusaders sprayed around five hits, and used three Tornado errors to take a 9-0 lead and win. The Crusaders batted around during the fifth frame, as Brevard pitchers faced 12 batters during the inning. The big hitter during the inning was Sarah Armstrong who was 2-2 during the scoring outburst with two RBI’s.

The Crusaders also received a solid performance from Rachel Glazebrook. Glazebrook struck out five and allowed just three hits in her shutout bid. Sarah Armstrong led NGU at the plate, going 3-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored in the first game. Shayna Finley finished with a 2-3 performance at the plate, and led the Crusaders with 3 RBI’s.

Game Two: Box Score

Brevard jumped out out to a quick lead in the first game, rebounding from the shutout in game one, but the Crusaders were not without answer. NGU’s offense continued its hot hitting, scoring eight runs in the home half of the first. Shayna Finley broke the mold for the Crusaders with an RBI single that scored Sarah Armstrong from second base. Also picking up RBI’s during the frame were Tori Freedman, Christie Reilly, and Armstrong. Finley also added the final RBI of the inning with her second hit of the frame. NGU also took advantage of two more Tornado errors.

The Tornado added a second run in the top half of the second, to cut the Crusader lead to six. Michelle Ray’s RBI single scored Lauren Parker, to make the score 8-2. North Greenville once again had a response. NGU reclaimed a seven run lead when Christie Reilly’s single fell free in left field, scoring Cassi Carpenter for her team leading third RBI.

NGU would once again end the game by the mercy rule scoring run number 10 on another Brevard error. Three outs and a runner left on base in the top of the fifth would give the Crusaders their fourth straight win, and second of the day. Rachel Glazebrook would pick up the win in game two as well, registering four more strikeouts, allowing just two runs on four hits.

North Greenville had three players with multiple hits, including Shayna Finley who was 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s, Christie Reilly who was 2-3, and Sarah Armstrong two was 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Crusaders are now 4-2 on the season overall, and are yet to play a conference game. NGU will return to the field on Friday for the opening day of the Shaw University Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina. NGU will open with Tiffin College at 3pm, followed by a 5pm game with Fairmont State.