Monday, March 10, 2014
Greenville, Tenn.— Tusculum College and North Greenville University split a non-conference softball doubleheader Monday afternoon at Red Edmonds Field, with the visiting Crusaders (14-7) taking the opener 7-0 behind a two-hitter from Rachel Glazebrook, and the Pioneers (12-14) coming back with a 4-0 victory in the nightcap. 

Rachel Glazebrook was once again a dominant presence on the mound for the Crusaders in game one, adding a sixth shutout to her 2014 resume’, striking out eight while allowing just two hits. Glazebrook’s ERA is now a sparkling 1.37 on the season, giving up 13 earned runs in 85.2 innings of work. 

The NGU offense was consistent on the opening game of the non-conference double header, scoring at least one run in four of the seven scheduled innings. The Crusaders did most of their damage in the middle sets, doing all of their damage in innings three through six. 

Shayna Finley got things going for the Crusaders in the third inning, when her RBI single scored Heather Singleton to give NGU a 1-0 lead. Singleton led the inning off with a double, representing the first runner in scoring position for either team in the opening game. Tusculum aided the Crusaders in manufacturing their second run of the game, allowing a run on a strikeout wild pitch with two outs. 
North Greenville scored two more runs in the fifth, stringing together three consecutive hits, including a triple and double from Sarah Armstrong and Syana Finley. Finley was credited with an RBI in the inning, as was Glazebrook  whose RBI single up the middle made the score 4-0. 

Glazebrook would also lend a hand in the sixth inning as the Crusaders plated three more runs. Her double to left field would scratch across two more runs for NGU, making the score 7-0 following Shayna Finley’s second run scoring hit of the day which gave North Greenville a 5-0 lead. The Crusaders would go on to leave on runner on base, but the damage would be too much for Tusculum, which was just 2-22 at the dish against Glazebrook. 

North Greenville’s offensive charge was lead by freshmen short stop Shayna Finley who was 3-4 with a couple runs scored. Glazebrook also had one of best performances at the plate of the season, going 2-3. Finley and Glazebrook both plated three RBI’s for North Greenville to lead the Crusaders. Other leaders for NGU include Sarah Armstrong (1-2; 2 Runs; Triple) and Jordan Farmer (1-4; 1 Run). 

The Crusaders would not fair so well in game two, as the tables turned in favor of the Pioneers. North Greenville registered just one hit on Tusculum pitching, finishing the game 1-23. The lone hit came from Glazebrook who was 1-2 with a walk. She finished the day with three hits on five attempts combined. 

The Pioneers failed to generate a big inning, but were consistent at the plate, much like North Greenville in the day’s first game. Tusculum scored runs in the first, third, and fourth inning while also holding the Crusaders scoreless.  Their biggest inning coming in the fourth, scoring two runs on two hits, giving TC a 4-0 lead. 

Tusculum pitching did its job in game two, keeping the Crusaders off balance for all seven innings. Katie King put together a Glazebrook like performance, striking out eight NGU batters, while allowing just one free pass in a seven inning, one hit performance. It was just the second time this season the Crusaders failed to score at least one run. 

NGU split duty on the mound in game two, as Sarah Armstrong and Cassi Carpenter both saw three innings of action. Armstrong allowed two earned runs on seven hits as the starter in the evening encore, while Carpenter allowed one earned run on three hits. Armstrong registered four K’s and one walk while Carpenter had one of each. 

North Greenville is now 14-7 overall on the year, but still a perfect 4-0 in Conference Carolinas action. The Crusaders will be back in action on Tuesday when the Travel to Milligan College for a double header which starts at 1pm.