Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville softball team earned its fifth and sixth straight wins Saturday afternoon with a pair shutouts over Lees-McRae College 14-0, and 2-0 at Pepsi Stadium.


The Crusaders got a gem out of right handed ace Rachel Glazebrook in game one, who posted her first perfect game of the 2014 season. Glazebrook faced the five inning minimum, while striking out seven. The Bobcats failed to place a runner on base during the five innings.

As for the North Greenville offense, the runs in game one came in bunches, starting in the first inning. NGU quickly loaded the bases and picked up a run on a Morgan Roach base on balls, which scored Sarah Armstrong. NGU went up 2-0 on its next at bat when a Jordan Farmer single scored Shayna finley. The Crusaders would gain complete control of the game however, after Cassie Carpenter deposited a fast ball Lees-McRae pitching over the right center fence, clearing the bases and giving the Crusaders a 6-0 lead on her second home run of the season.

The Crusaders would plate four runs in the second inning, three in the third, and another in the first to take a 14-0 lead as the teams headed to the fifth. The Crusaders finished the day batting .700, going 14-20 at the plate during game one. Five different players got a hit for the Crusaders including Tori Freedman who was 1-2 with a walk and an RBI, and Megan Johnson who was 1-3 with two RBI.

Three players had multiple hits for NGU, including Jordan Farmer who was 3-3, with two runs scored and three RBI. Sarah Armstrong reached base every at bat for NGU, once on an error, and was 3-4 officially with three runs scored and a triple. Cassie Carpenter was 2-3 from the dish, with two runs scored and a game high four RBI.


The name of the game in the encore was pitching and defense. NGU once again got a strong performance in the circle, this time from junior Sarah Armstrong. Lees-McRae also surred up the pitching spot in the second game, holding NGU to just two runs on six hits. The Bobcats picked up six hits of their own, but were unable to capitalize leaving three runners on base.

The Crusaders stranded 11 runners on base, but managed to pick up some run support in the third inning. Rachel Glazebrook got the inning started off for North Greenville with a leadoff double. She would be pinch ran for by Christie Reilly, who later scored when Tori Freedman doubled two batters later to give NGU a 1-0 lead. Jordan Willingham’s RBI single with one out would score Freedman from third, but the Crusaders would leave the bases loaded.

The Bobcats attempted a seventh inning rally in the top half of the seventh inning after  a leadoff single from Sadie Lagle, but Armstrong and the Crusader defense would stomp out the flame quickly, picking three quick outs, including two groundball outs to short stop.

Rachel Glazebrook was the only NGU hitter with multiple hits in game two, going 2-4 from her DH spot. Her third inning double would lead to the first run of the game. Tori Freedman and Jordan Willingham were both 1-2 with an RBI for NGU, while  Megan Johnson and Heather Singleton also delivered a hit.

North Greenville improved to 10-5 on the season after the Saturday double dip, and are now 2-0 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will be back in action on March 5th, when they host Francis Marion University in non-conference action in Tigerville. First pitch between NGU and FMU is scheduled for 2pm.