Rome, Ga. – The 2014 softball season came to a final end on Wednesday afternoon after splitting two games on the final day of the NCCAA Southeastern Regional Tournament. The Crusaders advanced to the championship series after a 5-0 win over Judson. The Crusaders were then eliminated by first seeded Shorter University 6-3.
NORTH GREENVILLE vs. JUDSON (BOX SCORE)
The Crusaders took the 5-0 win in game one, riding the performance of Cassi Carpenter, who started in the circle for the Crusaders. Carpenter pitched seven innings of scoreless softball, allowing just two hits, while striking out three. The Eagles had just three base runners including one who reached on an North Greenville fielding error.
North Greenville jumped ahead of the Eagles quickly in the first inning as Sarah Armstrong scored on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Farmer to give North Greenville a 1-0 lead. Armstrong led the game off with a triple. NGU tacked on three more runs in the third inning on the heels of two hits. Tori Freedman, Cassi Carpenter, and Megan Johson would all get credit for RBI’s, as the Crusaders took a 4-0 lead.
NGU would scratch across one more run in the fifth inning, as Morgan Roach powered a shot over the fence in left center, accounting for NGU’s only home run of the tournament, while extending the North Greenville lead to 5-0. Roach and Freeman were both 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Megan Johnson accounted for the only multi-hit performance going 2-3 with an RBI.
The Crusaders kept the bats going early in game two, once again jumping out to a one run lead in the first inning. This time, a leadoff hit from Megan Johnson would lead to the first run of the game, as she would come around to score on a Shorter wild pitch.
North Greenville would extend its lead to 3-0 in the top half of the second inning, plating two more runs on five hits. Rachel Glazebrook would double in a run, while Tori Freedman would also add her second RBI of the day, but the Crusaders would strand three as the Hawks worked around a bases loaded jam.
Shorter would cut NGU’s lead to just two in the bottom of the third, plating its first run of the day on a single to center field. Hawks pitching would also lock down the NGU offense, allowing just two hits in the final four innings of play.
Shorter would break the game open in the fifth inning, scoring five runs to take a 6-3 lead. The Hawks would pick up two runs on an RBI triple to even the tally at 3-3. A two run homer from Erika Bynum would then give Shorter its first lead at 5-3. The Hawks would pick up one more run in the frame on a sacrifice fly.
The Crusaders were unable to plate a run in the sixth, and looked to spark a rally in the seventh after but were unable to capitalize on a leadoff single from Rachel Glazebrook, as the Hawks would go on to take the Southeast Regional title and advance to the National Championship tournament. Rachel Glazebrook led the way for NGU in the final game of the season, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Tori Freedman was 1-4 with an RBI while Megan Johnson was 1-3 with a run scored.
NGU finishes the 2014 season with a 29-18 record overall, and an 11-5 mark in Conference Carolinas play.