Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville softball split a double header with Francis Marion, following up an 8-2 loss in game one with an 8-0 win in game two.
Francis Marion took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with an RBI double. Morgan Herlong tied the game with an RBI base hit in the home of the frame while Jordan Willingham’s sacrifice fly in the next at bat would give NGU a 2-1 lead.
The Patriots tacked on six runs in the sixth frame and one more in the seventh to the tune of seven combined hits and three NGU errors to earn the game one win. The Crusaders finished with three-hits in the game from three different players. Morgan Milam and Megan Johnson also tacked on a base knock.
North Greenville bounced back in a big way in game two, scoring in three of the first four innings. Morgan Herlong got things going in the second game as her second base hit of the day scored Kate Lee to give NGU a 1-0 advantage.
The Patriots would threaten in the top of the second inning but starter Carson O’Donald would work around the trouble as FMU stranded two runners. O’Donald was credited with the game two win, pitching five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three.
The Crusaders would get some help from the long ball in the second inning as both Morgan Roach and Lee would cash in with big hits. Roach’s sol blast on a 1-0 count would extend the lead to 2-0 while Kate Lee’s two run homer would plate Celsea Rivers to make the score 4-0.
A scoreless third inning would lead to another big inning for North Greenville in the fourth as the Crusaders plated four. Megan Johnson would claim the first damage of the inning with a two run double to right field while Lee picked up her third and fourth RBI’s of the game with a double off the left field fence, scoring Jordan Willingham and Traci Howell to extend NGU’s cushion to a comfortable eight runs.
O’Donald would do her part in the fifth inning, shutting down another possible rally, picking up the final out of the game and ending NGU’s 10-game losing streak.
North Greenville’s offense caught fire in the second game, pounding out 16-hits in 28 plate appearances. Kate Lee and Morgan Roach led the Crusaders, as they were both 3-3 from the dish. Lee finished with a game high four RBI and two runs scored while Roach scored twice and had an RBI. Megan Johnson was 2-3 with two RBI while Morgan Herlong also had two hits and an RBI. Jordan Willingham and Celsea Rivers also delivered two hits.
North Greenville now sits at 17-22 on the season after the Thursday split with the Patriots. NGU will be back in action on April 16th when they travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on first year program Converse College at 1pm.