Burlington, N.C.-- The seventh seeded North Greenville Softball team pulled off two upsets in day one of the Conference Carolinas tournament with wins over Mount Olive (9-4) and Belmont Abbey (4-2) to advance to the winner's bracket final.
NGU trailed 4-3 to the Trojans heading into the final two innings before putting up six runs in the sixth. The Crusaders used five hits and used two Mount Olive errors to take a 9-4 lead over the second seeded Trojans.
Cassi Carpenter picked up the complete game win after holding the Trojans scoreless for the final six innings. The senior struck out one and walked six but worked around possible damage as the Trojans stranded 10 runners.
North Greenville pounded out 11 hits during game one, led by senior Tori Freedman who was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Jordan Farmer had the same stat line as Freedman while Jordan Willingham with 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
North Greenville jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning in Friday's nightcap to take a 3-2 lead over the other Crusaders of the Conference Carolinas. Shayna Finley plated a run with an RBI triple while a two run homer from Tori Freedman would scratch two more for NGU.
Belmont Abbey cut the lead to 3-2 in the second inning on an RBI single that scored two runs. The Crusaders would go on strand two runners in the frame as the tying run was gunned down at the plate on a throw from let field for the third out.
Sarah Armstrong would shut down the Abbey offense in the final five innings while North Greenville added an insurance run in the sixth inning on Shayna Finley's fourth homerun of the season to extend the lead to 4-2. Armstrong finished the day with four strikeouts, allowing just five hits in seven innings of work.
Finley was 2-4 in game two with two RBI and two runs scored. Jordan Farmer turned in her second solid effort of the day with two hits and run scored while Megan Johnson was 2-3.
North Greenville will take on Limestone College tomorrow afternoon at 12pm with a trip to the championship series on the line.