Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville softball continued its solid opening to the 2018 season on Tuesday, splitting a double-header with #20 Carson Newman, losing 3 - 1 but bouncing back in a big way to down the Eagles 7 - 1 in the finale.
- Game One: NGU - 0 / CN - 3
- Game Two: NGU - 7 / CN - 1
- Records: North Greenville 4 - 2 / Carson Newman 4 - 2
- Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Jan McDonald Field)
How it Happened (Game One)
- North Greenville struggled at the plate, finishing the opening episode with just a pair of hits and a pair of walks.
- Amanda Coffrin did her best to keep North Greenville in the mix, allowing eight hits and three runs in seven innings of work.
- The Eagles scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double from Lacie Rinus. Carson Newman tacked on one more run in the seventh inning to take a 3-0 edge.
- Rinus, who was also Carson Newman's starting pitcher faced 23-batters in game one, striking out nine during seven innings of work. Three of those outs came consecutively in the bottom of the seventh as she retired the Crusaders in order to finish off the two-hit shutout.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Taylor Koon and Brooke Wade had NGU's two hits in game one while Celsea Rivers added a walk along with Koon.
- Coffrin struck out nine but took her first loss of the season to fall to 2-1 as a starter.
- Rinus finished game one with two hits in three appearances and a pair of RBIs. She also earned the win in the circle to improve to 2-1 on the year.
How it Happened (Game Two)
- The Crusaders went quietly in the first inning of game two but exploded out of the gate in the second frame, scoring seven runs on six hits.
- Kate Lee started the rally with a leadoff single up the middle. Lee and Grace DeBoer would come around to score on Haley Gray's double in the third at-bat of the inning to take a 2-0 lead.
- Brooklyn Stone and Brooke Wade would also get in on the action with a pair of RBI singles to extend the lead to 4-0.
- The biggest strike of the inning would come from the bat of Kate Lee who cleared the bases with a triple to right field which platted Koon, Rivers, and Wade to make it 7-0.
- The Crusaders would have a few more chances later in the game but failed to scratch another run, but the seven-run second would be all Jaelin Griffin needed to earn her first win of the season in the circle.
- The Eagles would score one run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to six runs but the Crusaders finished off the visitors from Jefferson, Tennessee retiring six of the next eight batters.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Kate Lee was 2 - 3 at the dish with a run scored and a series high three RBIs. Haley Gray was also 2 - 3 with a run and a pair of RBIs while Brooke Wade was 2 - 4 with a run and a RBI.
- Griffin earned the win after throwing 5.1 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits. Griffin and the NGU defense held the Eagles to an 0 - 12 day with runners in scoring position. She also struck out five.
- Abby Fiessinger led the Eagles with a 2 - 4 showing at the plate with a run scored.
Beyond Today's Box Score
- North Greenville's seven runs were the most the Eagle's pitching staff allowed this season. Before Tuesday's game two, Eagles starters had allowed just one run on the season, a 1 - 0 loss to fellow Conference Carolinas member Erskine College.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders face another stiff task on February 15th as they travel to Milledgeville, Georgia to take on Georgia College at 1 pm.