Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Newberry, S.C.— The North Greenville softball team continued its solid play this week, picking up a double header sweep 2-0 and 5-1 over Newberry College of the South Atlantic Conference.


The Crusaders made quick work of Newberry in game one, putting the wolves down in less than two hours. Rachel Glazebrook was once again unhittable, going seven full innings, striking out nine batters, and allowing just one hit, posting a team leading third shutout of the season. Newberry mustered just three base runners the entire game, on a single hit and a pair of walks. All were left stranded.

Offensively, the Crusaders managed to pound out five hits, on Newberry pitching. Morgan Roach was 1-1 from the dish, with an RBI and two walks, while Glazebrook, Jordan Farmer, Cassi Carpenter, and Heather Singleton all registered hits. Singleton also accounted for NGU’s second RBI with a seventh inning single.

NGU’s first run of the game came in the second inning of game one, when Morgan Roach smashed a solo homer over the left field fence, giving NGU an early 1-0 lead. Glazebrook and Wolves pitcher Madison Burnett would then put together six full frames of scoreless softball, before the Crusaders struck again. NGU would load the bases, for Heather Singleton, whose single would score Megan Johnson to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. NGU would strand three in the inning, as the Wolves escaped further damage.


There would be no final inning drama however, as Glazebrook would sit the Newberry hitters down in order, with two fly outs, and her 9th strikeout of the game.

The Crusaders would break out the bats in game two against Newberry, much like they did during game two against Emmanuel on Monday. NGU would put together scoring opportunities in the first, and second innings. Rachel Glazebrook helped her own cause with an RBI single that scored Sarah Armstrong after a leadoff triple. NGU would take a two run lead in the next inning, taking advantage of a leadoff single, as Shayna Finley singled in Cassie Carpenter to give North Greenville a quick 2-0 lead.

NGU’s offense would stay consistent throughout the second game, as it added two more runs in the fourth, with a Tori Freedman two run blast, to give the Crusaders a 4-0 lead. The two run homer scored Cassie Carpenter, and put NGU comfortably ahead. The Crusaders would tack on another run in the fifth inning on a Morgan Roach RBI double, which gave NGU the 5-0 lead.

Newberry would finally find its way to the scoreboard in the fifth inning scoring one run, aided by a North Greenville error. The Wolves would threaten in the bottom of the last, but Sarah Armstrong would slam the door, with a strike out and ground out, stranding two Newberry runners, while handing North Greenville its fourth win in as many tries.

Rachel Glazebrook once again put together a solid performance for the Crusaders, pitching six innings, allowing four hits and registering seven strikeouts. Tori Freedman led the way at the plate for North Greenville, going 2-3, with two RBI’s and a run scored. Cassie Carpenter was also 2-3 but with two runs scored, while Sarah Armstrong was 2-4 with a triple and a run scored.

The wins over Newberry improved North Greenville to 8-5 overall, heading into Saturday’s Conference Carolinas opener against Lees-McRae. The Crusaders and Bobcats are scheduled for a 1pm first pitch with game two following at 3pm.