Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tigerville, S.C.— North Greenville improved to 4-0 in Conference Carolinas play with a sweep of Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon with 5-0 and 6-3 wins over the Falcons.


The Crusaders and Falcons battled through a scoreless game until the fourth inning when NGU finally broke through. Shayna Finley got things going for the Crusaders during the frame, leading off with a line drive single. Rachel Glazebrook then reached base on a walk, before Jordan Farmer put the Crusaders up 3-0 with a three run blast to dead center field, her second of the season. The Crusaders would collect three hits during the inning, including another home run from Morgan Roach. Her fifth of the season gave NGU a 4-0 lead.

The Crusaders would add one more run in the fifth inning on a Glazebrook single that scored Sarah Armstrong from second base. The RBI single would give NGU a 5-0 lead, as the squads headed to the final two innings of play. On the mound, Glazebrook dished out her fifth shutout of the season, allowing just five hits, while striking out six.

The Falcons threatened a couple times during game one, advancing runners into scoring position. The Crusaders worked around the trouble in the second and third innings, stranding four Pfeiffer base runners. The Falcons also put two runners on in the top half of the seventh with no outs. NGU quickly spoiled the possible late inning rally however, as Sarah Armstrong gunned a runner down from center field, forcing a rundown situation for out one. Glazebrook would then induce two Falcon ground outs to end the game.

North Greenville only registered six hits, but delivered in key situations, stranding just four runners in the seven inning contest. Jordan Farmer led the Crusaders going 1-3 with a run scored and three RBI’s, following her fourth inning three run homer. Morgan Roach was 1-3 with a homerun, while Jordan Willingham, Sarah Armstrong, and Glazebrook also picked up hits for the Crusaders. Glazebrook accounted for the fifth NGU RBI.


Game two started quickly, as NGU and Pfeiffer broke out the bats early. The Falcons put up a one spot in the opening frame, platting a 1-0 lead on a base hit from Linsay Russ. Pitcher Sarah Armstrong would limit the damage though, stranding two more runners for the Falcons.

The Crusaders would have an answer for Pfeiffer in the home half of the inning. Armstrong would come to the plate looking to help her own cause, and would do so, leading the inning off with a single to center field. NGU would then rally to the tune of three runs in the inning, once again doing damage with the long ball, as Shayna Finley’s first collegiate homerun gave NGU a 2-1 lead. Morgan Roach added a third RBI in the inning with a run scoring single, plating Jordan Famer.

The Crusaders would add three more runs in the third to take a comfortable lead, once again taking advantage of a homerun, this time from Cassi Carpenter. Carpenter’s three run blast would give NGU a 6-1 lead with just four innings of game play left. The Falcons would finally put together a multi runs inning, late in game two, platting two runs on three hits.

The two run fifth for the Falcons would cap the scoring, but not the drama. Both teams would go scoreless in the sixth inning, as Pfeiffer went down in order, and the Crusaders stranded two runners, taking the game to the top of seventh inning. Facing their final three outs, the Falcons looked to send the game into extra innings, needing just three runs. The inning started in an ideal fashion for NGU, recording a quick out on a pop up, but the Falcons would quickly load the bases on a walk, a single, and an NGU error. Armstrong would come through in the end however, K’ing two in a row, to retire the side and end the potential game winning threat.

The Crusaders finished game two with 10 hits, two of which were multi run homers. The game two offensive MVP for NGU was Cassie Carpenter who was 2-3 with a home run, and three RBI’s. Shayna Finley was 1-3 with her first career homerun, and Jordan Farmer was 2-3 with two runs scored. Christie Reilly also finished the game 2-3.

North Greenville improved to 13-6 on the season, and 4-0 in Conference Carolinas play with four non-conference games on tap with a trip to Tusculum on Monday followed by Milligan on Tuesday. The Crusaders and Pioneers are scheduled for a 2pm first pitch in Greenville, Tennessee.