Florence, S.C.—The North Greenville Softball Team split a non-conference twin bill with Francis Marion University on Wednesday, bouncing back from a 2-1 loss in game one with a 9-6 win in game two.
NGU picked up its only run of the first game in the first inning as Haley Gray scored on a wild pitch. The Crusaders would have just one hit in the final six innings as FMU starter Kaitlin Munda held the power hitting NGU lineup in check.
The Patriots evened the tally at 1-1 in the first on an RBI double and took the lead in the third, scoring a run on two hits to take a 2-1 lead. NGU starter Cassi Carpenter pitched six innings for NGU allowing just the two runs on seven Patriot hits.
Christie Reilly earned NGU's only hit of the game, going 1-2 at the plate. Gray was NGU's only runner to scratch a run.
Francis Marion took the early lead in game two with a run in the first inning. North Greenville answered with a run of its own in the second and two in the third to take a 3-1 advantage. Megan Johnson would tie the game with a sac fly while Sarah Armstrong's two run double gave NGU its second advantage of the day as Gray and Reilly both scored.
The Patriots would gain the lead in the fifth inning as three runs would give them a 4-3, one run edge. The Patriots would earn the three runs on two RBI singles and an NGU error.
North Greenville evened the slate on Christie Reilly's sixth inning single that scored Michelle Brown. A two run bottom of the sixth would find the Crusaders once again trailing as the Patriots took a 6-4 lead, leaving just three outs for NGU to find an answer.
The Crusaders would explode for five runs in the seventh inning to take back the lead. The Crusaders would score three runs on a bases loaded walk to Jordan Farmer, and two on a throwing error to give NGU the lead once again at 7-6. Christie Reilly would add some insurance with a two run double to extend the lead to 9-6 while the Patriots were retired in order in their half of the seventh to end the game.
North Greenville had seven hits in game two, led by Reilly who was 2-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Sarah Armstrong was credited with a hit and two RBI while Jordan Farmer was 1-2 with a pair of walks, a run and an RBI.
North Greenville will travel to Belmont, North Carolina on March 28th for a Conference Carolinas double-header with Belmont Abbey starting at 1pm.