Belmont, N.C.—NGU slumped below the .500 mark in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday after losses of 13-11 and 10-0 to Belmont Abbey College.
Abbey led 7-1 midway through game one but a seven run fifth would give the Crusaders an 8-7 lead after scoring a run in the third. Emily Murphy produced a grand slam in her pinch hitters role to score four runs, NGU would pick up three more runs on two bases loaded walks and a wild pitch.
Abbey answered with a big inning of its own in the bottom of the fifth scoring five runs on five hits. The big inning earned the Crusaders from North Carolina 12-8 lead over NGU. NGU would cut the lead to one run in the sixth with three runs on RBI from Brittany Kimbrough and Haley Gray, and Sarah Armstrong.
Belmont Abbey would add another in the sixth and NGU would go in order in the ninth to end game one. The NGU offense produced 13 hits led by Haley Gray who was 3-5 with two runs and an RBI. Emily Murphy was 2-3 with four RBI and a homerun while Megan Johnson was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI.
North Greenville found itself down early in game two as Belmont busted it open early with seven runs in the second inning. The Crusaders picked up three RBI on a single and double before a grand slam put them up 7-0 over the visiting NGU squad.
NGU had a chance to cut into the lead in the third inning but stranded a runner. Belmont plated two more in the third inning and one in the fourth while North Greenville left runners on in the fourth and fifth innings. The Crusaders would run out of chances after the mercy rule ended game two in the fifth inning.
NGU had just two hits in the second game as Jordan Farmer and Sarah Armstrong produced a pair of singles. The NGU offense stranded five runners during the shortened game while Belmont Abbey scored its 10 runs on nine hits and three free passes.
North Greenville fell to 14-14 on the season and 5-7 in league play. The Crusaders will travel to Central, South Carolina to take on Southern Wesleyan University on March 31st at 5 and 7pm.