Tigerville, S.C.— A seven run fifth inning in game two lifted the North Greenville Softball team to an 8-6 win over Brevard College after dropping game one 4-2 to the Tornados in game one.
NGU led by two runs early in the game after plating a solo run in the second and third frames. Tori Freedman put NGU on the board with a solo homerun in inning number two while Morgan Roach picked up an RBI in the third to give NGU a 2-0 lead.
Brevard chipped away in the fourth inning with an RBI double that cut the lead to 2-1. Another run in the sixth inning would even the score at 2-2. Stranded runners in the sixth inning would cost North Greenville late as the Tornado scored the go ahead run in the seventh along with some insurance as a two run homer gave Brevard a 4-2 lead.
The Crusaders went down in order in the seventh inning as they dropped to 16-17 on the season. The Crusaders finished with four hits during game one, two of which came from Tori Freedman who was 2-4 with a home run. Morgan Roach finished 1-3 with an RBI while Christie Reilly was 1-1 with a pinch-hit base knock.
North Greenville trailed 5-1 late in the game but the offense finally opened up in the fifth inning. The Crusaders scratched seven runs during the frame on seven hits. Tori Freedman cut the lead to 5-3 with a two RBI double. Megan Johnson would even the score at 5-5 later in the inning with an RBI double while Grace Deboer advanced the go ahead run with an RBI single of her own two batters later.
North Greenville would add some insurance later in the inning as a Jordan Farmer would plate a run with an RBI single while Freedman collected her third RBI of the game with a bases loaded walk.
Brevard cut into the NGU lead in the sixth inning with a run to shrink the deficit to 8-6 but NGU would work around any further damage. Both teams would go quietly in their final two at bats as North Greenville salvaged the day with a game two win.
NGU moves to 17-16 on the season overall after Thursday's split with Brevard. The Crusaders will travel to Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday to take on King University in their second to last Conference Carolinas double-header of the season.