Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville split a conference double-header with Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, earning a 2-1 win while falling 5-3 in game two.
The Crusaders struck first in both games with a run in the first inning. The one run lead in game two would hold until the sixth inning when the Crusaders from Belmont Abbey evened the score at 1-1.
North Greenville responded an inning and a half later, capitalizing on a leadoff walk by Emily Murphy, the culmination of a 20-pitch at bat. Traci Howell would come in to run for murphy and would score the winning run two batters later on a throwing error on a batted ball from Morgan Roach.
Greer Killman scored NGU's first run of the game and finished 1-2. Megan Johnson was 1-3 with an RBI while Kate Lee finished 2-3. Carson O'Donald improved to 8-4 on the season as she turned in a complete game performance allowing one earned run on six hits. She struck out seven.
Killman would account for NGU's first run again in game two as she scored on a Megan Johnson sacrifice fly. Killman reached base on a walk and later stole second. She finished game two 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
Another run would cross for North Greenville in the third inning on a Chelsea Rivers sac fly. Grace DeBoer scored for North Greenville as the Crusaders took advantage of another leadoff walk, extending the lead to 2-0.
Abbey would have its answer in the fourth inning platting two runs on two hits. The Crusaders also used an NGU error to even the score at 2-2. The two run inning would send the game into extras as neither team could muster any more offense in regulation.
BAC would have its biggest inning of the day in the eighth, plating three runs on three hits. Jena Reisena's double to right field would plate two while Dani Meriett's double would extend Abbey's lead to 5-2, scoring Meriett a batter later.
The Crusaders would answer with a run of their own in the home half of the frame as Kate Lee's two-out double would plate Killman for the second time in the game, and third time of the day.
Lee finished game two 1-4 with an RBI and a double while Morgan Milam was 1-3. Emily Murphy suffered the loss on the mound, giving up three runs in an inning of work.
North Greenville fell to 16-13 overall and 3-3 in league play. The Crusaders will take on Limestone College on March 30th at 2pm in Gaffney, South Carolina.