Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville softball suffered its first league series sweep of the season on Saturday, falling to Limestone College 3-1 and 3-0.
The two run first winning would be all the Saints needed in the double-header opener. Limestone scored two runs on a pair of two out seeing eye singles to take a 2-0 advantage. The Saints would scratch one more run in the fifth inning on another RBI single to extend their lead to 3-1.
The Crusaders were finally able to get on the board in the fourth inning, cutting the then 2-0 lead to just one run. Kate Lee’s single to right field set the table for the Crusaders as she later came around to score, taking advantage of a throwing error from the saints. The score made the lead 2-1 before the Saints added their third run of the game in the visitor’s half of the fifth inning.
NGU had its chances in the seventh inning, trailing by three runs with two runners on base. Grace DeBoer and Megan Johnson reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder and a base hit, but the game would end on a strike out, the fourth of the day for Limestone pitching.
Neither team could produce much from the plate after a pair of solid pitching performances. Brooklyn Fort allowed three runs on just nine hits while Limestone Starter Courtney Smith allowed one run on six hits. The run was unearned. The Crusaders were 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
Megan Johnson led the way on offense with a 2-4 performance while Morgan Roach and Morgan Herlong also reached safely.
NGU's bats stayed cold in the second game. The Crusaders had just one hit, coming from Morgan Herlong in the seventh inning. They were able to coax three walks off of Limestone pitchers, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.
The Saints scored all three of their runs in the third inning with two RBI singles. Amanda Croffin, game two starter for North Greenville surrendered six eight hits with six strikeouts. Her and NGU defense held the Saints to just 2-10 with runners in scoring position but struggled to get anything going on offense.
North Greenville fell to 21-15 after the loss and 7-3 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders host Converse College on March 29th at 1 and 3pm.