Misenheimer, N.C.—The North Greenville Softball Team dropped its first league series of the season on Monday after Pfieffer swept a pair of wins 2-1 in 8 innings, and 8-0 in five innings.
The two teams combined for just 13 hits in 55 plate appearances in game one. The Falcons stranded 12 runners while the Crusaders left nine on board. North Greenville scored the game's first run in the third inning, but still stranded two runners. Tori Freedman's RBI single to third base scored Sarah Armstrong to give NGU a 1-0 lead.
Pfeiffer evened up the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning after a leadoff double from Pfeiffer's Jessica Jackson would lead to the Falcon's first run of the game. Jackson would come around to score on the next at bat as Rebecca Foil singled to right field.
The Falcons would have their chance to win the game in the seventh inning but failed to capitalize on a bases loaded opportunity. The Crusaders picked up two timely outs produced by a bases loaded ground out at home plate, and a popup to third base, ending the inning while stranding three more Falcon runners.
NGU would have its chance to take the lead in the 8th inning, but an inning ending double play would leave a runner on base as the scoring chance was wasted. The Falcons would make NGU pay, winning the game in the bottom of the eighth as a walk off single would score the winning run as Pfieffer escaped with the extra inning win.
The Falcons would score first in game two, after two and a half innings of scoreless softball. A two run double would give Pfieffer a 2-0 lead in the third inning as NGU struggled to get anything going on offense. The Crusaders had just two hits in the first three innings, and stranded a runner in each of those frames.
The Falcons broke the game open in the fourth inning, hanging five runs on seven hits. Two, two run singles would extend the lead to 7-0 after an RBI single during the second at bat of the inning gave them a 3-0 lead. Pfieffer would take advantage of NGU's lack of offense, as the Falcons scored the final run of the game in the fifth inning. A solo homerun would put them up 8-0 ending the game on the mercy rule.
The Crusaders had just two hits in the final game of the day, one by Sarah Armstrong and the other from Shayna Finely. Armstrong took the loss in the circle, dropping her to 3-3 on the season. Armstrong was 2-4 in game one and scored a run while Tori Freedman was 1-3 with NGU's only RBI.
North Greenville fell to 10-8 overall after the sweep and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will welcome Erskine College to Tigerville on Wednesday afternoon for a double header starting at 2pm.