CRUSADERS SPLIT WITH SAINTS IN MID-WEEK CONFERENCE ACTION
Gaffney, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team wrapped up a three game road stretch on Wednesday afternoon, splitting a Conference Carolinas double-header with Limestone College, dropping game one 4-1 while earning a game two win with a 5-3 win in game two.
The saints were able to get to NGU starter Rachel Glazebrook early taking a one run lead in the fourth. The Saints registered nine hits throughout the seven inning game, and touched up Glazebrook for four earned runs, her most since giving up four earned against Francis Marion earlier in March.
North Greenville quickly answered the Limestone run in the fifth inning on an RBI triple from Shayna Finley. Sarah Armstrong scored on the batted ball, after reaching base on a single earlier in the inning. The single run would be all the Crusaders could muster however, leaving the tally at 1-1 as the teams headed into the final two and a half innings.
The Saints would do their biggest damage in the sixth inning. Limestone put up three runs on three hits, including a two run RBI triple from Amanda Hayes. Hayes would account for another run when she later scored, giving Limestone a 4-1 lead. North Greenville was only able to muster one hit in the its half of the seventh inning, as the Saints walked off with a game one win.
NGU was only able to muster three hits during the first game, two of which came from the bat of Sarah Armstrong. Armstrong was 2-3 in the game with a run scored. NGU’s only other hit was Finley’s RBI triple in the fifth inning. The Saints pitching staff worked around NGU’s leading offensive weapon, Rachel Glazebrook, dealing her three walks in all three of her at bats.
The Crusaders would see a little more success at the plate in game two. The Crusaders more than tripled their hit total in the night cap, touching Limestone pitching for three runs on 11 hits. On the defensive side, Cassi Carpenter turned in a stellar performance, holding the Saints at bay allowing five hits and just three runs.
Carptenter helped her own cause in the top of the first inning, slamming an RBI single up the middle scoring scoring Glazebrook, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage. NGU would strand three runner to conclude the inning, failing do add insurance runs. North Greenville took a two run lead in the next inning, having held the Saints scoreless in the bottom half of the first. Shayna Finley added another RBI to her day’s total, with a sacrifice fly scoring Megan Steading.
The Saints would not be quiet for long, as they quickly tied the game at two in the third inning. Two runs were the result of two hits, and an NGU error during the frame. Amanda Hayes and Bailie Maybry would get credit for the game tying RBI’s, but like the Crusaders would leave the bases juiced to end the inning.
The offenses would go quiet in the fourth in fifth innings, but NGU would break the short scoreless streak in the sixth inning. A walk and two hit batsmen would load the bases for the Crusaders, and a third hit batsmen would score the first run of the inning with the RBI credited to Cassi Carpenter. Heather Singleton would also pick up an RBI in the inning. Also coming up big for NGU was sophomore Megan Steading as her RBI single gave the Crusaders a 5-3 lead.
The Saints would add a third run in the home half of the sixth, scratching off two hits in the inning, but Limestone left the potential tying runs on base as Carpenter worked around the trouble. Both teams would go scoreless in the seventh, as the Crusaders earned the series split with the game two triumph.
The Crusaders were lead by Megan Johnson in game two, who was 3-3 from the plate, with a run scored. Morgan Roach and Heather Singleton, and Megan Steading all accounted for two hits, while Cassi Carpenter was 1-3 while leading the team with two RBI.
North Greenville is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday, against King University with a first pitch 2pm, with weather permitting.