Crusaders break out the brooms in season opener

February 06, 20181234567RHE
North Greenville010000X131
Win: Amanda Coffrin (1-0) 7.0200310
Loss: Aubrey Reep (0-2) 6.031119
Naomi Sapp (WU) 301000
Aubrey Reep (WU) 301000
Ashton Withers (NGU) 301000
Celsea Rivers (NGU) 311000
Taylor Koon (NGU) 201100
February 06, 20181234567RHE
North Greenville0011002480
Win: MacKenzie Dyson (1-0) 2.032211
Loss: Rachel Weidner (0-1) 2.152203
Haley Cashwell (WU) 412000
Jordan Floyd (WU) 402000
Mikayla Hannah (WU) 302000
Ashton Withers (NGU) 312000
Grace DeBoer (NGU) 312301
Brooklyn Stone (NGU) 312000
Crusaders break out the brooms in season opener
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Crusaders break out the brooms in season opener
Photo by Owens Media

Tigerville, S.C. – The reigning Conference Carolinas Champions opened up the 2018 softball season on Tuesday afternoon, taking down Wingate University 1-0 and 4-3 in non-conference action.

The Basics

  • Game One Score: NGU – 1 / Wingate – 0
  • Game Two Score: NGU – 3 / Wingate – 3
  • Records: NGU 2-0 / Wingate 1 – 2
  • Location: North Greenville University (Jan McDonald Field)

Game One

  • Amanda Coffrin pitched a gem in her first outing of the season, allowing just two hits in seven innings of work. Coffrin also retired 10-batter via the strikeout.
  • The Crusaders got on the board in the second inning when Taylor Koon singled in Celsea Rivers on a liner right field. NGU would strand two runners in the inning.
  • The Bulldogs stranded runners in each of the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings and were 0-4 with runners in scoring position.
  • North Greenville finished the first game with three hits and four left on base.

Game One Box Score

  • Taylor Koon and Ashton Withers had their first collegiate hits. Koon also tacked on her first RBI as a Crusaders.
  • Celsea Rivers was 1-3 with a double and the game’s only run.
  • Amanda Coffrin earned the first victory of the season in the circle.

Game Two

  • Wingate scratched its first run of the day in the second inning on an RBI single by Taylor Wells.
  • North Greenville trailed until the third inning when Grace DeBoer doubled in Ashton Withers to even it at 1-1.
  • The Crusaders took the lead in the next frame when Jaelin Griffin flew out to left field, bringing home Kate Lee on the sacrifice, making it 2-1.
  • Wingate tied it up in the sixth and pulled ahead in the seventh on an RBI infield single and a solo Homer from Aubrey Reep which put North Greenville in a 3-2 hole.
  • Brooklyn Stone reached base in the bottom of the seventh to represent the game’s tying run. A stolen base moved her to second before Grace DeBoer ended the game in walk-off fashion, smashing a two-run homer to left field to earn NGU the season-opening sweep.

Game Two Box Score

  • MacKenzie Dyson got the game two win, her first as a collegiate pitcher. Dyson tossed two innings and allowed three hits and a pair of runs.
  • Grace DeBoer finished the game with a 2-3 showing with a homer and three RBI.
  • Brooklyn Stone and Ashton Withers were also 2-3 with a run scored. Kate Lee finished 1-3 with a score.

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders will host Anderson University on Saturday in a double header scheduled for a 1 pm start time with weather permitting.