Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team suffered just its second sweep of the 2014 season, dropping a double-header to now Conference Carolinas leading King University, dropping game one 2-1 in extra innings, followed up by a 9-7 loss in game two. 

Game one was very much a pitcher’s duel as starters Cassi Carpenter and Hannah Light gave up just one run each in regulation, on just a combined six hits between the two teams. League leader Light finished with six strikeouts for King while Carpenter earned eight k’s in her nine innings of work. 

The offenses held off until the seventh inning when both teams scratched across a run a piece. King’s Tori McComas would pick-up the game’s first RBI with a run scoring single to give the Tornado a 1-0 lead. North Greenville would answer with a run of its own in the home half of the seven. Jordan Willingham would score on a ground for Megan Johnson to even the game at 1-1. Morgan Roach led the inning off with a double for the NGU,  to get the rally started. NGU would strand one during the frame, as the two squads headed to extras. 

Both teams would strand runners in the 8th inning, unable to gain control of the game, sending the game into the 9th. The Tornado would pull ahead in the 9th inning, once again leaning on McComas. This time an RBI double would hand king the 2-1 lead. North Greenville looked to even the tally or win in the bottom half of the 9th but would strand a runner on third, as King earned the 2-1 win. 

The Crusaders finished the day with three hits, two of which were from Morgan Roach who was 2-3 with a double. Megan Johnson had the only other hit for the Crusaders and was 1-4 with NGU’s only RBI. 

The Crusaders looked to bounce back in game one, and got off to a quick start. NGU platted three runs in the first two innings, receiving RBI’s from Rachel Glazebrook, which made the score 1-0, and Shayna Finley, who’s two run homer in the second gave NGU a 3-0 lead. 

The Tornado finally broke through in the third inning, scoring two runs to cut North Greenville’s lead to 3-2. Hannah Smith’s two out double would plate two runs in the frame. King would tie the game in the fourth on another two out RBI double, this time from Amber Walker. 

The wheels seemed to fall off for North Greenville in the fifth inning. The Tornado opened the game up with a five run frame, on just three hits. King used two NGU throwing errors on the same play to plate three of the five runs. The Crusaders would cut the King lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth as a run scored on Megan Steading’s ground ball out to second base. 

North Greenville would scratch across three more runs in the sixth inning, cutting the Tornado advantage to 9-7 after the Tornado added another run in the 6th on a solo homerun from Fallon Thomas. The Crusaders looked to put together some last inning magic, but the King defense shut down the rally attempt making plays on three hard hit ball off of NGU bats, to earn them the sweep. 

Rachel Glazebrook took the loss for NGU in game two, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, she finished game two 1-2 from the plate with two RBI. The Crusaders finished with 13 hits in the second game, but stranded nine runners in the process. Cassi Carpenter led the charge with a 3-4 performance, accounting for one run and an RBI. Megan Johnson continued her solid day going 2-4 with two runs scored while Shayna Finley was 1-4 with a home run. 

North Greenville falls to 19-12 on the season 7-5 in league play. The Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow when they step out of conference play for a double-header with Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.