Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Central, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team split a non-conference double-header with local rival Southern Wesleyan University on Wednesday evening, winning game one 8-5, while losing game two 2-0. 

The Crusaders and Southern Wesleyan completed their final non-conference series on Wednesday night, as the Warriors are slated to join the Conference Carolinas after a probationary period with the NCAA. The outlook for game one looked bleak in the early going, as SWU jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, taking advantage of three NGU errors. 

Rachel Glazebrook was credited with the only NGU RBI in the first three innings, with a single that scored Shayna Finley cutting the SWU lead to 2-1, before the Warriors two run third extended their lead to three. NGU began to inch back into game one in the fourth inning. The Crusaders scratched two runs during the frame on an RBI double from Shayna Finley, and a bases loaded walk, with the run batted in, credited to Megan Johnson. The two run fourth cut the SWU lead to just 4-3, as the two squads worked toward the final three and a half innings. 

The Crusaders earned their first lead of the game in the fifth inning, plating multiple runs for the second consecutive inning. A two out single from Heather Singleton scored pinch runner Kasey Brown, evening the tally at 4-4. North Greenville would earn the go ahead run on Southern Wesleyan’s only error of the game, as Singleton made the score 5-4, advancing home on a dropped fly ball to left field. 

The lead would be short lived however, as Southern Wesleyan quickly answered with a run of their own, in the home half of the fifth.  The tying run for SWU reached on NGU’s third error of the game, and would later score on a run scoring double, evening the score at 5-5 with just two innings left to play. The Crusaders finished with three errors on the night, leading to three unearned runs for the Warriors. 

North Greenville would break out the bats again in the seventh inning, after both teams failed to plate a run in the sixth. Christie Reilly would get the scoring started with a single scoring the go ahead run as Finley once again crossed the plate for the Crusaders, handing NGU a 6-5 lead. Glazebrook would also get into the action with a run scoring RBI that scored Johnson and Reilly. SWU would escape the inning without further damage, but were looking at an 8-5 deficit as the teams headed to the bottom of the last. 

The Warriors would carve out a base hit during their half of the seventh, and a walk during the inning, both with two outs, but were unable to take advantage of the scoring opportunity. The game would end on a harmless fly ball to right field, effectively ending the game while improving North Greenville to 24-12 on the season. 

Sarah Armstrong would get credit for the game one win, pitching three innings, allowing one run which was unearned. Shayna Finley would lead the charge at the plate, going 3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Rachel Glazebrook was 2-5 with a game high three RBI, while Christie Reilly was 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI. 

The offense would go into hiding in game two, but NGU fielding miscues would once again haunt the Crusaders. The only two runs of the game were scored in the fourth inning, as Southern Wesleyan plated two, both of which were unearned. The Crusaders finished the nightcap with just three hits, while stranding six runners. 

NGU finished game two errors on defense. Cassi Carpenter was credited with the loss in game two, but gave up no earned runs in the process. Sarah Armstrong started the game on the mound for the Crusaders, and gave up no runs on no hits while striking out one. Carpenter also led NGU at the plate, going 2-2. The only other NGU hit came from Christie Reilly who was 1-3.
North Greenville finished the day 24-12 overall. The Crusaders will have five days to prepare for their final regular season conference matchup of the season against Erskine College on April 15th in Due West, South Carolina.