Friday, March 1, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team opened up play in the Mid-South Classic on Friday evening, splitting a two game tilt, beating Augusta State 3-1 while falling to Catawba College 9-3.  


The Crusaders and Jaguars were locked in a pitcher’s duel for most of game one. Rachel Glazebrook was dominant on the mound, striking out 12, while allowing just one walk. Augusta State’s pitchers combined for four strike outs during the game, but didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. 

The first threat of scoring came in the fourth inning, when North Greenville placed two runners on base, with just one out, but were unable to score. In the top half of the fifth, ASU finally broke through scoring the first run of the game on Nichole Lyda’s solo homerun to lead off the inning. Glazebrook would end the inning after disqualifying the next three batters faced. 

NGU, took advantage of their chance in the bottom half of the fifth. A Sarah Armstrong walk sandwiched between singles from Marilena Santos and Kimberly Robertson loaded the bases for the Crusaders. NGU’s first run crossed plate after Rachel Glazebrook was issued a free pass, being hit by a pitch. Amy Nagel followed Glazebrook up with a 2 RBI single which gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead, enough to secure the win for the Crusaders. 

Leading the Crusaders at the plate was Marilena Santos and Kimberly Robertson, who were both 1-3 with a run scored. Amy Nagel was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI’s for NGU. Rachel Glazebrook was 1-2 with an RBI and Tori Freedman was 1-3. 


NGU was not so fortunate in game two of the day. The Crusaders started hot, scoring a run in the top half of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Amy Nagel collected her third RBI of the day, with a sacrifice fly that scored Sarah Armstrong who led the game off with a walk. The Crusaders could not do any more damage however, and left two on base. The Jaguars also scored a run in the first inning when Amanda Terry scored on a single up the middle to tie the game. 

Catawba broke the game open in the 2nd inning scoring five runs on four hits. The big getter in the inning, being a three run homer from Carley Tysin which gave ASU a 5-1 lead. The Jaguars tacked on two more runs in the third inning, to take a commanding 7-1 lead before NGU was able to put together another offensive rally in the fifth inning. 

Sarah Armstrong, who was 1-3 on the day with two runs scored, placed a ball down the right field line, giving her a stand up double. Armstrong would later score on a Glazebrook single, cutting the margin to 7-2 in favor of Augusta State. NGU would pick up one more run in the inning, when Kimberly Robertson scored on a fielder’s choice, which gave Amy Nagel a team leading 4 RBI’s on the day. Robertson finished game two with a 3-4 performance at the plate, with a run scored. Glazebrook also posted a multi hit game, going 2-4 with an RBI. The Crusaders cut the ASU lead to 7-3, but left two runners on base.

ASU added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, and neither team was able to put anything together in the sixth or seventh innings. The Crusaders finished the day with a 2-6 overall record. North Greenville will play two more games on Saturday, starting at 12pm against Columbus State.