Wingate, N.C. – North Greenville softball picked up another non-conference split on Saturday with 2-1 win and a 4-1 loss with Wingate University.
Wingate took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single but Brooklyn Fort would put the clamps down on the Bulldogs for the rest of the game, allowing just three more Wingate hits across eight more innings of play.
North Greenville also struggled against Wingate pitching, being held scoreless until the final inning of regulation. The Crusaders had just four hits in the first six innings while stranding four runners. NGU finished with six hits in game one, three of which came from Megan Johnson. Kaitlyn Wagers had two hits of her own.
North Greenville’s other hit came from Kate Lee who led off the seventh inning with double to left center field. Lee would advance to third on an infield hit from Wagers, eventually evening the score at 1-1, taking home on a steal.
Lee would also be instrumental in the ninth inning, scoring the go ahead run with a one-out sacrifice fly. Christie Reilly would score the winning run, advancing from third after taking the base on a Wingate error.
The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the tying and winning run on base with one out. Fort worked around the trouble, coaxing a ground out and a pop out to end the game.
Fort finished the day with four strikeouts in nine innings of work. She allowed one earned run on five hits while improving her record to 9-3 on the season.
GAME TWO NGU – 1 WINGATE – 4
North Greenville got off to a quick start in game two as Shayna Finley added to her new single season home runs record with a blast to left center field, giving NGU a 1-0 lead after one. The Bulldogs tacked on a run of their own in the home half of the first to even the score.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single. The score remained a one run game in favor of the Bulldogs until the next inning when they tacked on three more runs. Wingate used a homer and a triple to score twice while a wild pitch helped plate another run.
North Greenville had its chances in the second game, but struggled to get the clutch hit. The Crusaders stranded 12-runners during the nightcap and was 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Finley led the team with a 2-4 performance with the only RBI and run scored. Megan Johnson finished 2-4 while Kate lee also had a hit.
Croffin allowed four runs on five hits by the Bulldogs. She struck out two while falling to 7-7 as a starting pitcher.
North Greenville finished the day with a record of 16-12. The Crusaders will travel to Brevard, North Carolina on March 15th to take on the Tornadoes at 1pm.