Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Softball Team returned to the field for the first time in almost two weeks on Saturday, shaking off the rust quickly to take a two game set from Milligan College 10-2 and 4-3.
The Crusaders used two big innings in game one to earn the eight run win. A four inning fourth, sparked by Morgan Roach's two RBI and an RBI single from Sarah Armstrong would give the Crusaders a 4-1 lead. Armstrong would come around to score in the inning on a wild pitch to give North Greenville a 5-0 lead.
Milligan would plate two runs in the next inning on an RBI double that scored two to cut the lead to three. Jordan Willingham would erase the two runs scored by the Buffalos on her next at bat as a two run blast to left field would score Tori Freedman and extend the lead back to five. Jordan Farmer and Shayna Finley would put the finishing touches on the run rule win, with RBI singles to put the game away for North Greenville.
Sarah Armstrong was 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in game one, while Jordan Farmer and Shayna Finley also had two hits. Willingham finished the game with 2 RBI and one hit. Megan Johnson was 2-2 from the plate with two runs scored.
The offense cooled some for NGU in game two. The Crusaders scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the Buffalo chipped away with a run in the fifth inning, and a run in the seventh to tie the game a three. The Crusaders had chances down the stretch, but stranded 10 runners.
North Greenville came through in the final inning, as a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs scored Jordan Farmer from third base to give NGU the non-conference win over the Buffaloes.
Tori Freedman was the only NGU hitter with multiple hits, finishing the game 3-4 at the dish. Megan Johnson led all hitters with two RBI in a 1-3 performance while Jordan Farmer scored two runs to help the North Greenville cause.
The Crusaders improved to 5-5 on the season with one more double header before heading to conference play. NGU will take on Coker College on March fourth in Hartsville, South Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.