Florence, S.C. – North Greenville softball split a double-header with Francis Marion on Saturday afternoon, winning 4-3 in game one. The Crusaders dropped game two 6-0 in the first road action of the 2017 season.
GAME ONE NGU – 4 FMU – 3
The Crusaders moved to 3-1 on the season following Saturday’s non-conference split. NGU used an early error by the Patriots to gain a 1-0 advantage in game one. Grace DeBoer would extend the lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning with an RBI single as she scored Morgan Herlong who reached on her only hit of the game.
North Greenville added some security runs in the frame with a Kaitlyn Wagers double that brought around Christie Reilly and DeBoer to extend NGU’s lead to 4-0. Waigers finished the game 2-2 with two RBI and a walk.
The Patriots waited until the seventh inning to make the game interesting, using an RBI triple to cut NGU’s lead in half. Another base hit singled in another run, but starter Amanda Croffin earned her second collegiate victory of the weekend, using a strikeout and a ground out to end the game.
Croffin pitched a complete game for North Greenville, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out six. Croffin stranded eight FMU runners. Grace DeBoer was 1-2 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Herlong and Johnson were both 1-4 with a run.
GAME TWO NGU – 0 FMU – 6
Francis Marion pitcher Sydney Holland silenced NGU’s bats in the second game as she allowed just five hits while striking out six. The Crusaders got two hits from Megan Johnson and one each from Celsea Rivers, Greer Killman and Christie Reilly.
The Patriots scratched across two runs in the first inning on an RBI double, putting NGU in an early hole. A single run in each of the third and fourth innings extended that lead to four. Another two run frame in the fifth would burry NGU even deeper as Francis Marion went up by six.
North Greenville’s best chances to score came in the fifth and sixth innings but FMU’s Holland was able to work around the trouble as the Crusaders two runners in each of the two frames. Anna Rodgers took the loss in the circle for the Crusaders after throwing 2.2-innings, allowing three runs.
The Crusaders will take on Carson-Newman on Wednesday afternoon with a double-header beginning at 1pm in Jefferson City, Tennessee.