Burlington, N.C.—The 2015 season came to an end for the Crusaders on Sunday afternoon after a 1-0 loss to Limestone College in the Conference Carolinas championship. The Crusaders forced the winner take all game after earning a 7-3 win earlier in the day over the Saints.
The seventh seeded Crusaders had no intent on bowing out of the tournament quietly. NGU faced the Saints in a winner's bracket game Saturday afternoon, earning a chance to play for a championship following upsets of the second and third seeds in Friday's opening rounds.
Game one remained scoreless until the sixth inning when North Greenville broke through with five runs to take the lead. Shayna Finley, Haley Gray and Megan Johnson accounted for RBI's during the frame while two Limestone errors led to another North Greenville run.
The Crusaders would tack on two more runs in the seventh inning while Limestone added one more before Anna Rogers closed to door on the Saints in the seventh, forcing the winner take all championship game. Christene Phillips got the win for NGU after five innings of work.
Haley Gray led NGU with a 2-3 performance in game one with two RBI and one run scored. Megan Johnson and Shayna Finley also had two RBI for NGU while Sarah Armstrong and Jordan Farmer both scored two runs.
The NGU offense ran out of answers in game two as Limestone starter Klinnin Carson held North Greenville scoreless allowing just two hits. The Crusaders stranded four runners including two walks. The Saints scored the lone run of the game in the second inning on an RBI single with two outs.
North Greenville had a chance to even the score in the seventh after putting two runners on base. The Saints worked around the NGU runners however , securing their first Conference Carolinas Championship since 2009.
Tori Freedman and Megan Johnson had NGU's only hits in game two for NGU. Emily Murphy put together her best performance of the season allowing just one run in six innings of work on the mound. North Greenville finishes the season 23-20 on the season after its 4-2 run in the tournament. Jordan Farmer, Tori Freedman, and Megan Johnson were all selected to the All-Tournament team.