Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville softball won its fourth and fifth games in a row on Tuesday with a 6-1 and 3-2 sweep of Southern Wesleyan.
The Warriors got on the board first with a run in the third inning but The Crusaders were to respond as Greer Killman laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Jordan Willingham from third base to tie the game.
North Greenville added another run in the fourth inning on a passed ball and a second on Morgan Herlong’s RBI single that scored Traci Howell. The Crusaders carried the 3-1 lead into the sixth inning.
Back-to-back doubles from Jordan Willingham and Kate Lee would plate three more runs, including two RBI for Lee, extending North Greenville’s lead to 6-1.
The Crusaders finished with 10-hits as team, three from the bat of Lee who was 3-4 with two RBI. Morgan Herlong was 2-3 with a run and an RBI while Jordan Willingham finished with two hits, two runs, and an RBI. Carson O’Donald picked up the game one win after throwing all seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts.
North Greenville would strike first in game two, plating two runs in the fourth inning. A Willingham triple would plate Traci Howell to give NGU a 1-0 advantage. Willingham would complete the trip on the next batter as Morgan Roach’s infield single would scratch NGU’s second run of the frame and give the Crusaders a 2-0 advantage.
The Warriors were quick to respond, plating two of their own runs in the top of the fifth. SWU evened the score with an RBI double and a two-out single, but the damage was limited as a groundout ended the frame and stranded two runners.
The Crusaders scored the go ahead run in the fifth inning to regain the lead. Greer Killman would do the honors as she looped in an RBI single, scoring Celsea Rivers from second base.
The offenses were silenced in the final two innings. The Warriors threatened in the seventh inning but O’Donald closed the door on the Warriors with a lineout and two strikeouts, stranding a runner and earning her, her first save of the season.
Kayla McCarson would get the win for NGU on the mound after throwing five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Kate Lee added another multi-hit game to her resume, as she was 2-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Willingham finished 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Morgan Roach had a hit and an RBI. Greer Killman accounted for NGU’s other RBI.
North Greenville improved to 21-22 overall and 7-11 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will host Lees-McRae on Friday afternoon at 2pm.