Burlington, N.C. –NGU softball will travel to North Carolina on Thursday searching for the team’s first tournament championship.
The fifth seeded Crusaders have played in three tournament finals over the last final seasons, coming up one game shy in each showing.
The Crusaders finished the 2016 season 25-22 overall with an 11-11 Conference Carolinas record. NGU struggled midway through but head into the tournament riding the momentum of a nine-game winning streak.
NGU will take on fourth seeded Erskine College in the first round on Thursday morning. The Fleet were 15-7 in league play and 26-18 overall.
The Crusaders lost a two game set to Erskine earlier in the season.
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The Crusaders rallied behind several new faces this season including freshman Kate Lee. Lee led the Crusaders in batting average and RBI this season, batting .357 with 32 runs batted in. She also tacked on a team leading five home runs.
NGU boasts three other hitters with an average of .300 or better including Greer Killman who took over the center field position. Killman has scored 25-runs this season and has a .410 on base percentage.
Carson O’Donald leads NGU on the mound with a 12-8 record while Kayla McCarson has earned six wins on the season. As a staff, NGU pitching has a combined earned run average of 3.39.
Teams are batting just .257 against the North Greenville pitching staff. Anna Rogers returned to the mix last week and gave the NGU bullpen a needed boost.
The Crusaders will take on the Fleet at 10am, Thursday morning on Field Number 4.
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