Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville split a double-header with Tusculum College on Tuesday afternoon, bouncing back with a 3-0 win after falling to the Pioneers 1-0 in game one.
GAME ONE NGU – 0 TUSCULUM – 1
Tusculum took a 1-0 lead in game one when a Sammie West singled in Delaney Guerro with two outs in the fifth. Starter Amanda Croffin limited any further damage in the frame, coaxing a pop out to end the inning. Croffin went the entire seven innings for the Crusaders, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out five.
North Greenville had its chances to even the tally but once again struggled with runners in scoring position. The Crusaders were 0-7 in the category including leaving two runners on in the fifth inning and a runner on third in the seventh. Grace DeBoer would lead off the final inning with a double and advance to third with just one out but was left stranded at third.
The Crusaders had three hits in game one, including one from Celsea Rivers, Grace DeBoer, and Morgan Herlong.
GAME TWO NGU – 3 TUSCULUM – 0
North Greenville bounced back in game two on the strength of a three hit shutout from Brooklyn Fort. Fort threw seven innings of three-hit baseball for the Crusaders, striking out eight Tusculum hitters and allowing just one walk.
NGU got on the board early in the game, as Shayna Finley would come across to score on a Morgan Herlong RBI double. Finley led the inning off with an infield hit, setting the table for NGU’s first run of the day.
Finley would play a roll in North Greenville’s second run of the day, this time picking up an RBI for her troubles. Finley looped in a centerfield single during the second inning, scoring Kaitlyn Wagers who reached after being hit by a pitch. The senior middle infielder would also add a homer to her Tuesday stat line as she launched a solo blast to left field in the fourth inning, extending NGU’s lead to 3-0.
Shayna Finley has been NGU’s hottest hitter as of late, launching three home runs in the last three games. She is batting .387 on the season with 12-RBI and 10-runs scored. Both of which are team highs.
Finley led the team in game two, going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Kate Lee also had a solid showing, going 2-3. Wagers scored NGU’s only other run score while four other players had hits in game two.
North Greenville will travel to Anderson on Thursday afternoon for a 3pm first pitch. The Crusaders will host Lander College on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1pm.