Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville softball tripped up for the first time this season as Anderson took two games from the Crusaders taking game one 4-3 and game two 6-4.
Game one was scoreless heading into the third inning until the Trojans scored the first run of the game. North Greenville starter Carson O'Donald was able to work around any further damage though as she tossed one of her four strikeouts to get out of the jam, stranding two Anderson runners.
North Greenville would also scratch its first run of the game in the home half of the third inning. Morgan Roach blasted her first home run of the season over the left field fence to even the tally at 1-1. Roach finished the game 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Anderson would put together three consecutive scoring campaigns, plating a solo run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, putting the Crusaders in a 4-1 hole. NGU would cut into the deficit in the seventh inning as Morgan Herlong homered, scoring herself and Grace DeBoer, but the Crusaders would fall a run short as the Trojans escaped with a game one win, coaxing a pop fly out to end the game.
Herlong would lead the Crusaders at the dish in game one, as she was 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Greer Killman would account for North Greenville's fourth hit as she finished the game 1-2. O'Donald would suffer her first loss of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits.
Anderson broke the scoreless tie in the third inning once again in game two. A two run double would plate a pair of runners, giving the Trojans a 2-0 lead. North Greenville had its chance to earn an early lead in the first but failed to take advantage of a bases loaded situation.
The Crusaders broke through in the fifth inning as Shayna Finley scored on a sacrifice fly from Megan Johnson, cutting the Anderson lead to 2-1. No more damage was done in the frame though, as North Greenville stranded the tying run on second base. The Trojans would extend the lead to 4-1 in the next inning plating two more runs on three hits.
A seventh inning rally by North Greenville would send the game into extras. Jordan Farmer would get things started with an RBI double that scored Cassidy Eudy. The game tying runs came two batters later as Morgan Milam would plate two on a groundball, evening the score at 4-4. Farmer and Traci Howell would come across to score, extending the game to eight innings.
Anderson would once again plate two runs in the extra frame on the strength of an RBI double and an RBI single, earning the visiting Trojans a 6-4 lead. The two run lead would stand, as North Greenville was unable to score in the extra inning, stranding a runner as the Trojans escaped Tigerville with the sweep.
The Crusaders finished with seven hits in game one, led by Megan Johnson who was 2-2 with an RBI. Morgan Milam led NGU with two RBI on a 1-4 performance while Jordan Farmer finished the game 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Jordan Willingham also had a hit for the Crusaders. Avery Callahan took the game two loss dropping her record to 2-1 on the season. She allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and struck out five.
North Greenville will continue a busy three-day stretch as Chowan comes to town on Friday afternoon. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 12pm at Pepsi Field. North Greenville will then travel to Newberry for a Saturday double-header with the Wolves.