RING CHASING! Crusaders advance to conference championship

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Erskine College0002000260
North Greenville300000X380
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Brooklyn Fort (17-6) 7.062223
Loss: Sydney Davis (3-5) 0.133210
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Brittany Rhinehardt (ERSKINE) 401000
Reagan Davis (ERSKINE) 201010
Lydia Trexler (ERSKINE) 311000
Sydney Smith (ERSKINE) 311000
Sydney Grimes (ERSKINE) 301200
Jill Sprague (ERSKINE) 201000
Heather Wade (NGU) 302000
RING CHASING! Crusaders advance to conference championship
Saturday, April 29, 2017
RING CHASING! Crusaders advance to conference championship
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Third seed North Greenville University advanced to Sunday's Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game with a 3-2 win over fifth seed Erskine College on Saturday. The Crusaders scored three runs in the first inning and pitcher Brooklyn Fort made them stand up.
 
THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 North Greenville 3, No. 5 Erskine 2
LOCATION: Springwood Park; Burlington, N.C.
RECORDS: North Greenville 34-17; Erskine 20-23
 
OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
-Heather Wade led North Greenville with a pair of hits while Kaitlyn Wagers drove in a pair.
-For Erskine it was Sydney Smith with two runs batted in to lead the way.
 
PITCHING HIGHLIGHTS
-Fort tossed all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits for North Greenville.
-Sydney Davis started for Erskine and lasted one-third of an inning, allowing three runs, two earned on three hits.
-Sheridan Butcher threw the final five and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on five hits.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Grace DeBoer started a North Greenville rally in the first inning with a walk before back-to-back singles loaded the bases.
-A passed ball scored the first run before Wagers drove in a pair with a single, giving the Crusaders a 3-0 lead.
-Lydia Trexler and Smith started a two-out rally with back-to-back singles in the fourth inning before Sydney Grimes came up with a double to score both runs, cutting the Erskine deficit to 3-2.
-The score remained the same until the Flying Fleet tried to start a rally in the seventh inning.
-Baylee Browning tried to get the offense going with a pinch-hit, one-out walk. Brittany Rhinehardt reached on fielder's choice to put two runners on with two outs.
-However, Fort struck out the final batter, giving North Greenville the 3-2 win.
 
UP NEXT
-North Greenville advances to Sunday's championship at 12:00 p.m.
-Erskine next plays the winner between Limestone and Pfeiffer on Saturday evening.