Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Greenwood, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team added a pair of non-conference wins, Wednesday night, sweeping a double header from the Lander Bearcats 8-1 and 6-0, improving the Crusaders to 21-12 on the season.


The Crusaders broke out the bats early in game one, plating four runs in the first three innings of the opening game. NGU would pound out two hits in the first frame, and use a Lander miscue to take a 2-0 lead. Cassi Carpenter’s RBI single would give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The error on the ensuing play would score Sarah Armstrong to give NGU a 2-0 advantage. North Greenville would pick-up another run in the second inning on a wild pitch, scoring Shayna Finley.

NGU would do its biggest damage of the game in the fourth inning while already leading 4-1. The three run third inning came on one swing of the bat, as Jordan Farmer smashed a three run homer over the left field fence handing NGU a comfortable 7-0 lead. It was her fourth homerun of the season. NGU would add another run in the fifth inning on a second homerun, as Shayna Finley left the yard with a solo blast, her third of the season.

The Crusader offense would remain silent for the final two innings, but the Bearcats would also remain scoreless. The Crusaders dropped in seven hits in game one, spread out between seven different players. Jordan Farmer led the way with a 1-3 performance, accounting for three RBI and two runs. Cassi Carpenter, Megan Steading, and Shayna Finley all accounted for a hit and an RBI each, while Sarah Armstrong was 1-4 with two runs scored.

Carpenter and Rachel Glazebrook split time during the first game on the mound, holding the Bearcats to just one run, charged to Carpernter. Glazebrook picked up four strikeouts in three innings of work, while Carpenter held Lander to just four hits.


NGU once again jumped out to a quick lead in game two, scratching a run across in the first inning on a wild pitch, but would do more damage in the top of the second. Sarah Armstrong would account for two RBI with a single to right field. Armstrong would later score on an RBI single from Rachel Glazebrook. Meagan Steading and Shayna Finley would both cross the plate for NGU in the frame.

The Crusaders tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning on an illegal pitch, and more timely hitting from Jordan Farmer. Rachel Glazebrook would score from third on the illegal pitch to give NGU a 5-0 lead. Farmer would come through again a batter later, scoring Morgan Roach after slapping an RBI double into center field. Roach reached base on the previous at bat with a double of her own.

The NGU run in the fifth would cap the scoring, as Rachel Glazebrook shutdown the Lander offense. Glazebrook pitched a complete seven inning game, striking out 10 and allowing just six base runners on four hits and two walks. Glazebrook improved to 12-6 on the season.

Glazebrook also led the charge at the plate, going 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Morgan Roach was 2-3 with a run scored, while Finley, Steading and Armstrong were all 1-3 with a run scored. Jordan Farmer was 1-3 with an RBI. The Crusaders scored their six runs on 10 hits.

NGU will be back in action on Saturday when Belmont Abbey heads to Tigerville for a Conference Carolinas double-header. BAC and North Greenville are scheduled for a 1pm first pitch, depending on weather.