Crusaders eliminated after late inning rally falls short

April 29, 20161234567RHE
King University0310002660
North Greenville10000315102
Win: Hayley Smothers (11-14) 7.0105540
Loss: Carson O'Donald (12-9) 6.166451
Amber Walker (KING) 402100
Morgan Roach (NGUSB) 302010
Jordan Willingham (NGUSB) 212220
Crusaders eliminated after late inning rally falls short
Friday, April 29, 2016
Crusaders eliminated after late inning rally falls short

Burlington, N.C. –NGU softball suffered its earliest exit from the Conference Carolinas tournament since joining following a 6-5 loss to King University.

The Tornado bounced back to take a two run lead after NGU gained an early advantage in the first inning on a Jordan Willingham walk with the bases loaded. The Tornado got a two run double from Smothers and an RBI single to take a 3-1 advantage.

One more run in the third inning would extend the lead to 4-1 in favor of King. North Greenville’s bats would come around in the sixth inning, as three runs would score to tie the game. Willingham got her second RBI of the night with a single while Elizabeth Carmen’s double would palate a second run for the Crusaders.

The tying run came on a single from Carson O’Donald who singled to center field to score Carmen. The game between the Crusaders and Tornado would come down to the final innings for the third time in a week. King would plate two runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead as the game headed to the bottom of the seventh.

Jordan Farmer would tack on a run with an RBI double to left field which scored Kate Lee to cut the King lead to one run. Farmer’s double would be if for NGU in the final frame though as the Tornado induced a game ending double play.

Morgan Roach and Jordan Willingham led NGU with two hits each in the final game for the Crusaders. Willingham ended the day with two RBI to lead NGU. The Crusaders finish the season 25-24.