Greenville, TN—North Greenville split a midweek double-header with Tusculum College on Thursday. The Crusaders earned a 10-1 win in the first game while dropping game two 6-4.
The bats came alive in game one as the Crusaders pounded out 13-hits. Four players had two hits for NGU, led by Morgan Herlong who was 2-3 with four RBI and three runs scored. Kate Lee was 2-4 with two runs and two RBI while Greer Killman finished 2-4 with two runs scored. Jordan Farmer also joined the two hit club, as she was 2-3.
North Greenville led 2-1 heading into the second before exploding for four runs on five hits. Kate Lee produced the first runs of the inning on an RBI double before Morgan Herlong homered down the left field line in the very next at bat, scoring herself and Lee, giving NGU a 6-1 advantage.
NGU added another four run inning in the third frame, extending the lead to 10-1. Herlong would add to her solid game one performance with a two-run double that scored Lee and Greer Killman. NGU would pickup two more runs on Pioneer errors to extend the lead to nine runs.
NGU starter Carson O'Donald would hold the Tusculum Bats scoreless for the remaining innings as the Crusaders earned the five-inning victory. O'Donald would allow just one run on three hits in five innings of work and improved to 3-1 on the season as a starter.
Tusculum would jump ahead of the Crusaders in game one as they plated four runs in the first two innings. A three-run first would give the Pioneers their first lead of the day while one run in the second would extend the lead to four.
North Greenville would break through in the fourth inning as Kate Lee pulled NGU to within one of the homes team with one swing. Lee's homer down the left field line would score three runs as Greer Killman and Haley Gray would also come around to score, making the score 4-3.
The Pioneers would answer with two runs in the home half of the fourth however as they regained a three-point edge. NGU would cut into the lead in the sixth inning as Herlong delivered her fifth RBI of the day on a single to center field. Shayna Finley would come around to score, but she was the last run for the Crusaders as Tusculum earned the game two win.
Kate Lee was NGU's offensive MVP in the second game as she delivered three RBI and a run scored on a 3-4 performance. Morgan Herlong finished the game 1-3 with a run scored while four other players delivered a hit. Avery Callahan took the loss for NGU as she allowed six runs (5 earned) on 10-hits in six innings of work.
The Crusaders will take on another South Atlantic Conference member on Saturday as they host Coker College. First pitch between NGU and the Cobras is scheduled for 1pm.