Anderson, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team dropped a two game set to the Trojans of Anderson University on Wednesday with a 6-3 loss in game one and a 9-0 loss in game two.
NGU led 2-1 in game one at the midway point, until the Trojans equaled the total at 2-2 with a run in the 4th. The bats went silent until the seventh inning when NGU plated the go ahead run to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the inning. Jordan Farmer did the damage for North Greenville with a solo home run to right field, her first dinger of the 2015 season.
NGU picked up the first out of the seventh inning before a single to center field from Rebecca Martin sparked an Anderson rally. The Trojans loaded the bases with back-to-back hits and a walk, put the winning run in scoring position. The Crusaders forced a groundout on the next hitter to pull to within one out of a game one win. Cailah Niles would end the suspense however, with a grand slam to left field, which gave Anderson the 6-3 win.
NGU's three RBI's in game one came from two home runs, a two run blast from Morgan Roach in the fourth and a solo homer from Farmer in the seventh. Haley Gray was 2-3 for North Greenville while Roach finished the day with a run scored and two RBI to lead the Crusaders.
The Anderson offense carried the momentum from the ninth inning rally into game two. The Trojans would run rule the Crusaders, scoring nine runs in five innings to sweep the midweek double-header with NGU. Anderson pitching was also solid in the 9-0 defeat of the Crusaders, holding NGU to just two hits with just one walk and two strikeouts.
The first three innings would carry the identity of a defensive struggle, as Anderson scored the only run to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Trojans then exploded in the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits. The Trojans also took advantage of an NGU error.
The Trojans scored one more run in the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead on NGU, before putting the finishing touches on the sweep with a four run fifth inning. The Crusaders failed to place a base runner in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings as the Trojans finished the day with 12 hits, nine of which came in the final three innings.
Sarah Armstrong and Haley Gray were credited with NGUs only hits in game two, while Gray drew the only free pass of the game for either team. NGU falls to 1-5 on the season with a weekend double-header against Newberry College scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Tigerville. First pitch of the non-conference double-header is scheduled for 1pm.