Johnson City, TN – North Greenville softball dropped a two game set to Carson Newman on Wednesday afternoon 3-1 and 7-1.
GAME ONE NGU - 1 CN - 3
The Crusaders had several opportunities to plate runs on Wednesday afternoon but were left looking for a clutch hit. NGU was 0-6 with runners in scoring position in game one and 0-9 in game two. North Greenville’s lone runs against the Eagles were the result of CN defensive miscues.
Carson Newman burst out of the games with a 3-run first inning but NGU starter Amanda Croffin (1-1) held the Eagles scoreless for the rest of her six innings of work. Croffin worked around a bases loaded jam in the third inning, and retired the Eagles in order twice.
NGU’s offense had a chance to set the tone in the top half of the first, but left the bases loaded. Morgan Herlong, Mean Johnson, and Kate Lee all reached with two outs but Carson Newman Starter worked her way out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Crusaders scratched their only run of the game in the fifth inning when a Shayna Finley scored Christie Reilly who reached on an error to leadoff the inning. NGU had another scoring chance in the sixth inning but CN pitching one again wiggled out of a sticky situation. A walk and an Emily Murphy single would put runners on first and third, but another NGU strikeout ended the frame.
NGU would strand two more runners in the seventh inning of game one but more clutch pitching from the Eagles would end the game. North Greenville finished the DH opener with four hits, two of which came off the bat of Morgan Herlong. Croffin finished the day with three runs on five hits. She retired six batters via strikeouts.
GAME TWO NGU – 1 CN – 7
The game one struggles carried over into game two as NGU continued to draw blanks in with runners on base. The 0-9 performance was magnified by a four run second inning and a three run fourth. The Eagles tagged NGU pitching for seven runs on eight hits and four free passes. Anna Rodgers took the loss in game two after giving up four runs on three hits in 1.2-innings of work.
The Crusaders stranded at least two runners in three of the seven innings played in game two including leaving three on the pond in the second frame. North Greenville got something going in the third inning as Celsea Rivers came around to score on a CN error after leading off the frame with a double.
North Greenville would strand two more in the fourth inning and two in the sixth as the Eagles cruised to a sweep of the visiting Crusaders. Rivers had one of just two NGU hits in game two and scored the only run. Kaitlyn Wagers had NGU’s only other hit while Johnson had the only RBI for the Crusaders.
NGU will host Benedict College on Thursday afternoon with a double-header scheduled to begin 1pm.