Greenwood, S.C. - North Greenville's softball team was back in action on Monday evening, splitting a double-header with Lander, winning game one 5-4 (8-Innings) while dropping game two 7-4.
The Crusaders shook off the side effects of their last two games to earn a 5-4 win over Lander in game one, on Monday. The Bearcats jumped to a 1-0 lead after one inning, but NGU wouldn't be down long as Celsea Rivers scored Haley Gray in the third inning with a single to even the tally.
The Bearcats broke the one run tie in the home half of the inning though as an RBI single earned Lander its second lead of the game at 2-1. Neither team could muster much offense until the last two innings after the early inning scoring.
North Greenville would plate three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Morgan Herlong would get the ball rolling as her single to left field scored Kate Lee to make the score 2-2. Jordan Farmer's sacrifice bunt would score Traci Howell while a Megan Johnson base hit would bring around Herlong to give the Crusaders a 4-2 lead.
The Bearcats waited until the seventh inning to add more damage. Lander picked up two runs on three hits to even the score at 4-4. Lander would get some help as a hit-by-pitch put a runner on base, but NGU reliever Anna Rogers worked around a set of possible winning runs as the Bearcats left the bases loaded.
A pair of underclassmen would get the job done in the top of the seventh for NGU as Kate Lee would score on Morgan Herlong's left field base hit to give NGU a 5-4 lead. Herlong finished the day 2-4 with two RBI for North Greenville with a run scored.
The bottom of the eighth would be no easy task as the Bearcats had a runner on third with no outs. Rogers would remain solid though, inducing two groundouts and a strikeout to escape the jam and give NGU its second extra inning win of the season.
Joining Herlong with two hits in game one was Megan Johnson (2-4) and Greer Killman (2-3). Kate Lee was 1-4 with two runs scored while Celsea Rivers finished 1-4 with an RBI. Anna Rogers got the win for NGU, improving her to 3-0 on the season. Carson O'Donald receiving a no-decision, allowing four runs on seven hits.
The Crusaders would take a 4-1 lead after three innings in game two. A four run third inning would give NGU a 4-0 lead, but one run for Lander in the bottom of the inning would cut the lead to three. Megan Johnson would plate the game's first run with a single while a three run homer from Jordan Farmer would clear the bases and give NGU its biggest lead of the day.
The Bearcats would plate one run in the bottom of the third with an RBI double to chop down the NGU edge to 4-1. The fourth inning would be the biggest blow to North Greenville all day as Lander scratched across five runs on two hits. The Bearcats would pickup two runs early in the frame but a bases loaded triple would plate three runs to give them a 6-4 edge.
Lander would pickup an insurance run in the sixth inning using an NGU error to extend the lead to two-runs. The Crusaders would threaten in the top of the seventh with two runners on base but Bearcat pitching came out of the frame unscathed.
Megan Johnson was 3-4 in game two with an RBI while Kate Lee finished 2-3 with a run scored. Jordan Farmer led the Crusaders with three RBI on one hit, while Shayna Finley finished 1-2.
The Crusaders moved to 13-10 on the season with the double-header split against Lander. NGU will host Carson Newman University on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.