CRUSADERS DOUBLE UP BUFFALOES IN TUESDAY DOUBLE-HEADER
Milligan College, Tenn—The North Greenville softball team continued its mid season success on Tuesday afternoon, taking two games from Milligan College, 8-1 (5 Innings) and 6-2 in game two.
Rachel Glazebrook was pitching yet another shutout until the final at bat for Buffaloes when they scored their lone run of the game. Glazebrook’s final line was five strikeouts with no walks. She allowed just one run on three hits, and was credited with the win after five innings of work.
Glazebrook received plenty of help from the NGU offense on Tuesday afternoon, as the Crusaders pounded out 12 hits in 26 at bats. She helped her own cause in the fifth inning with a two run homer, which gave the Crusaders an 8-0 lead.
The Crusaders plated at least one run in each of the five innings played in game one, lead by freshmen Morgan Roach who was 3-4 with a game high three RBI. In total, seven of NGU’s nine starters registered a hit, four of which had two hits, including roach. Jordan Farmer was 2-4 with two runs scored, while Cassie Carpenter and Megan Johnson both added two hits, each with a run and an RBI.
The Crusaders broke out early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Cassi Carpenter’s RBI single. NGU added two more runs in the second, and another in the third to take a 4-0 lead. A two run fourth capped by a two run double from Roach would extend NGU’s lead to 6-0. Glazebrook and Roach would team up in the top of the fifth to put the finishing touches on the Buffaloes with three RBI combined on the home run and an RBI single.
NGU kept the offensive pressure on in game two, jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the opening frame when Rachel Glazebrook’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Sarah Armstrong from third base. Milligan would even the tally at 1-1 in the home half of the first, scoring a run on one hit, but that would be the extent of the scoring for several innings.
The Crusaders would scratch across three more runs in the fourth inning to retake a 4-1 lead. NGU used six hits during the inning including a two run homer from Morgan Roach to earn the three run advantage. Milligan struck again in the bottom of the inning to cut the NGU lead in half. The Buffaloes scored a solo run on two hits, but stranded the tying runs on base as Cassie Carpenter worked around the threat.
The Crusaders would add much needed insurance in the top of the seventh. NGU scored two more runs on four hits. The North Greenville lead would hold up, despite the Buffaloes putting together their best inning of the day, scoring three runs on five hits. Milligan once again had the chance to take the lead but stranded runners in scoring position to end the inning.
The two wins put NGU at 16-7 overall. The Crusaders will be back in action on March 17th, when they host Millersville College, in Tigerville.