The North Greenville Softball teamed dropped both games of a double header against the Limestone College Saints today in Gaffney, S.C.
Game one saw the Crusaders lose a tightly contested game, giving up all four runs in an important third inning for the Saints. After trading zeros for the first two innings, Limestone's Bailie Maybry doubled home a run for the Saints to open the scoring in the bottom of the third. The team followed it with a fielder's choice that allowed another run to score. Next, an error by North Greenville's Celsea Rivers at second base allowed two more runs to come in, taking the Limestone lead to 4-0 after three innings.
North Greenville did not give up, however, as Rivers redeemed her error with an RBI double in the top of the fifth to open the scoring for the Crusaders. Jordan Farmer knocked in another run in the bottom of the six but the Crusader comeback bid proved to be too little too late as Limestone's pitching secured a victory in game one for the Saints.
Carson O'Donald took the loss for the Crusaders after throwing a complete game, moving her season record to 8-5. Greer Killman led North Greenville at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance. Farmer and Rivers each finished with one RBI apiece.
In game two, the Saints jumped out to the early lead and never looked back. Limestone held North Greenville scoreless in the top of the frame and followed it by two runs in the bottom half of the inning. After loading the bases, Crusader pitcher Emily Murphy walked home the first run of the game. Murphy got a ground ball on the next batter but the Crusaders were unable to turn the double play and the Saints scored their second run.
North Greenville got one back, however, in the top half of the second as Morgan Herlong singled up the middle, scoring Jordan Farmer to take the score to 2-1.
This would be the only bright spot of the game for the Crusaders though, as the Saints put the game out of reach in the next inning. Limestone's Paige Bolding hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the third to take the score to 5-1. The Saints would tack on four more runs over the next two innings before the game ended after five innings at a final score of 5-1.
Farmer and Herlong were the only Crusaders with hits in the game as the team struggled to get going from the plate. Murphy took the loss, taking her record to 0-2 on the season. The losses drop the Crusaders to 16-15 on the year, and 3-5 in conference play.
North Greenville returns to the field on April 2 for a doubleheader against Erskine College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Due West, S.C. with game two immediately following the conclusion of game one.