Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville earned another win on Wednesday afternoon, splitting a double-header with Carson Newman, dropping game one 4-1 while winning game two 6-2.
The Crusaders couldn't find much offense in game one. The Eagles picked up two runs in the third inning on a two-run homer. It was one of two homers for Carson-Newman on the day, this one coming with two outs to give the Eagles the lead.
North Greenville finished with just three hits in the first game, stranding five runners in the process. The Crusaders manufactured its only run of the game in the fifth inning using a CN error. Morgan Herlong would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt. Traci Howell would pinch run for Herlong and score a batter later to cut the Carson Newman lead in half.
The Eagles would take a three run lead in the top of the sixth inning using a home run ball for the second time in three innings. Lindsay Dean would connect with a deep fly ball to left field with a runner on base to give the Eagles a 4-1 advantage.
The Crusaders would cause some trouble in each of the last two innings but were unable to scratch any runs, stranding three runners in the sixth and seventh. Megan Johnson, Christie Reilly and Morgan Milam accounted for NGU's only two hits. Carson O'Donald would take the loss for NGU on the mound giving up four runs on seven hits.
The bats would be more friendly to North Greenville in game two. The Crusaders pounded out 10-hits in Wednesday's nightcap, translating into six runs. Celsea Rivers led the offensive attack, going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Morgan Milam was 2-3 with an RBI while Emily Murphy went 1-2 and a game high two RBI.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead after the visiting half of the opening frame, using an NGU error and one hit. North Greenville evened the score in the bottom of the first, as Greer Killman came around to score after a leadoff walk.
NGU would piece together a two run bottom of the third to take its first lead of the day. Celsea Rivers would get things going with a leadoff single and come around to score later in the inning on an error by the Eagles. Morgan Milam would plate the other run with a base hit past the CN shortstop, scoring Megan Johnson to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Crusaders would scratch across another run in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead, as Greer Killman would cross on a wild pitch. The Eagles would score one run in the sixth inning to chop the North Greenville lead back down to 4-2.
NGU's offense would answer in the bottom of the frame with two more runs on three hits. Kate Lee would spark the late inning rally with a double to left field, advancing to third base a batter later on a sac bunt. Lee would get thrown out at home on a fielder's choice, but Murphy would pick up the slack in her second at bat of the game with a run scoring double that platted Cassidy Eudy and Rivers to make the score 6-2.
Murphy would shut the door on the Eagles in the sixth inning, working around a leadoff single to earn her first save of the season. Anna Rogers would earn the win after pitching 4.1 innings, allowing one run on just three hits.
North Greenville improved to 14-11 on the season while handing the Eagles just their eighth loss of the season. The Crusaders will host Pfeiffer University on Saturday, March 19th in a double-header starting at 1pm.