Tigerville – Championship week is one day closer to being in the books with NGU baseball and softball winning their first two games and women's lacrosse gearing up for a Saturday afternoon semifinal match with Limestone College.
Women’s Lacrosse fires up the postseason action on Wednesday evening, also against Chowan University at 6 pm. Wednesday’s game for North Greenville will highlight the first time in program history the Crusaders have hosted a first-round game after traveling to Pfeiffer last season for the quarterfinals.
The stakes for the women’s team are just as high as they are for the men. A win over the Hawks would send North Greenville to the semis for the season in a row with a chance to play for the tournament title. Both the semifinals and finals will be held in Tigerville on Saturday and Sunday. The Crusaders won the first meeting with Chowan handily, sending the Hawkins packing after a 14 – 2 drubbing.
WOMEN'S LACROSSE LIVE SEMIFINAL COVERAGE
The North Greenville Softball team will head back to Burlington, North Carolina this week to defend its Conference Carolinas Championship from a season ago. The Crusaders head into the tournament as the league’s third seed and will take on the tournament’s sixth-seeded Belmont Abbey Crusaders.
North Greenville is 2 - 0 versus Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas tournament and 11 - 4 overall since joining the Conference back in 2011 - 2012.
The tournament is scheduled to start on Friday with the Championship series set-to-be played on Sunday with weather permitting. The games will be played at Springfield Park and is double-elimination format.The games will be played at Burlington Springwood Park.
The Crusaders wrapped up a busy Friday downing Belmont Abbey 3 - 0 while ending the day with a 1 - 0 win over Mount Olive. NGU will take on King University at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.
CONFERENCE CAROLINAS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT (APRIL 27TH - 30TH)
For the first time in program history, the Crusaders head to Burlington for the Conference Carolinas tournament as the number one seed. NGU finished the regular season with a 21 – 3 conference mark which was good enough to win the program’s first-ever regular season championship, securing the title with a sweep of Barton over the weekend.
The Crusaders finished a program-best 39 – 6 overall with a bid to the NCAA tournament a real possibility, but NGU has its eyes on the program’s second tournament trophy this week. The first game is scheduled to be played on Thursday afternoon as NGU will occupy the home dugout against the sixth-seeded Limestone Saints.
North Greenville swept the Saints in the regular season just two weeks ago. It will be the first meeting between NGU and Limestone in any postseason capacity on the baseball diamond. The Crusaders head into postseason play in the top five of several national rankings including #4 in the NCAA National College Baseball Writers Association and as high as #1 by Collegiate Baseball.
The Crusaders opened the tournament with a big win over Limestone College on Thursday night and added another victory on Friday as Tucker Burgess tossed a complete game shutout to oust Erskine from the tournament.
SCHEDULE NOTE: NGU will NOT play on Saturday due to field conditions. The Crusaders will be back in action, time and opponent to be determined.
CONFERENCE CAROLINAS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT (APRIL 26TH - 30TH)
More hardware is on the line this weekend in Central as NGU track & field heads to Southern Wesleyan for the Conference Carolinas Championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams have had record-breaking seasons thus far, seeing several personal and school records bested.
NGU’s men have turned some heads on the national stage as they are currently ranked 37thin Division II by the USTFCCCA and seventh in the southeast. Individually, NGU’s 100 and 200-meter teams are ranked fifth in the country. JJ Sherman is ranked 11thnationally in the men’s 100 meters while Tevin Richardson is ranked 11thin the 300 – meter and 20thin the 200.
On the women’s side, Shekinah Wilder continues to impress and was ranked eighth in Division II. Her best jump of 12.04 – meters was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. On the track side, Hope Whisman enters this weekend having won two of her last races, including a first-place finish in the women’s 5K on the same track that the Conference Carolinas Championships will be run.
Live Scoring links for the men's and women's track & field championships will be updated when they become available.
In Case You Missed it
North Greenville men's golf won the program's first Conference Carolinas Championship last week, holding off the field after storming into first place on day two. The full recap of the men's golf championship run can be found by CLICKING HERE.
North Greenville men's lacrosse saw its season come to a close on Friday with a hard-fought 14 - 7 loss to #1 Limestone. You can read about the game by CLICKING HERE.
Softball Takes Two on Opening Day
Crusaders hand Limestone in opening game
Burgess tosses complete game shutout on day two