Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hartsville, S.C.—North Greenville fell to 2-8 on the season and 0-2 on Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday after dropping a double header to Coker College 1-0 and 3-2 to open league play. 


The double-header loss to the Cobras is the first series loss for the Crusaders since joining the conference a year ago. The Crusaders racked just six hits in 25 plate appearances during the opening game of the series. NGU outhit the Cobras by five however, as Coker managed just one hit during the series opener. 
North Greenville had several chances to score, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities. The Crusaders stranded eight runners in seven innings of play on Tuesday, six of which were left in scoring position.  NGU’s best chance to score came in the third inning when Cassi Carpenter led the inning off with a double. NGU was unable to cash in however, after three ground outs ended the threat. 

The single run of game one came in the home half of the sixth inning. The scoring threat was set up when a walk and an error put two runners on base for the Cobras with just no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sac bunt, which was followed by a base hit to deep short, scoring Ashley Gallman from third. The run was unearned. 
Rachel Glazebrook took the loss for NGU despite allowing just one hit. She pitched six innings and struck out 12 while walking just two. Marliena Santos led the Crusaders at the dish with a 2-3 performance. Sarah Armstrong, Amy Nagel, Tori Freedman, and Cassi Carpenter also had a hit for the red and black. 

Coker College 1, North Greenville 0 (Mar 05, 2013 at Hartsville, SC) (Game 1)
North Greenville.... 000 000 0 -  0  6  1      (2-7, 0-1)
Coker College....... 000 001 X -  1  1  0      (7-4, 3-0)
Pitchers: North Greenville - Rachel Glazebrook. Coker College - Phillips.
Win-Phillips(4-2)  T-1:30  A-38


Game two started slow for NGU as well. The Cobras wasted little time breaking the game open, scoring three runs in the third inning. A one out single from Sarah Roundtree got the rally started for Coker; she would later score a sacrifice fly to right field. The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate on a double from Jaclin Poole. The double scored Clarissa Suttle who reached base on a walk a batter earlier. Poole would come around to score on the same play, advancing to home while NGU attempted to throw Suttle out. 

North Greenville finally broke its scoreless streak in the following inning. After Santos groundout to lead off the inning, Rachel Glazebrook roped a single up the middle to give the Crusaders their second base hit of the game. Heather Singleton would be brought in to pinch run for Glazebrook, and would come around to score on Amy Nagel’s double in her ensuing plate appearance. Nagle would be left stranded, but the Crusaders cut the Cobra lead to just 3-1. 

Coker was held scoreless for the remaining four innings. NGU looked poised for a comeback in the sixth inning, after Sarah Armstrong and Marilena Santos led the inning off with back to back singles. The Crusaders cut the lead to 3-2 when Rachel Glazebrook added a third consecutive single, scoring Armstrong from second base. The Crusaders were in business with two runners on, and no outs, but a pop out followed up by a double play, would end the inning and the threat. 

NGU would be retired in order in the top of the seventh to end the game and the Crusaders hopes for a comeback victory. In game two, five of NGU’s nine starters amassed at least one hit. Rachel Glazebrook was the only player with two hits, as she was 2-3 with an RBI. NGU’s other RBI came from Amy Nagel who was 1-3. Marilena Santos, Sarah Armstrong, and Tori Freedman also had a hit for North Greenville. 

North Greenville will look to get back on the winning side of the column on Friday when the Crusaders travel to Bristol, Tennessee for a rematch of last year’s conference championship game. The first pitch for NGU and King University is slated for 2pm on March 8th.  

Coker College 3, North Greenville 2 (Mar 05, 2013 at Hartsville, SC) (Game 2)
North Greenville.... 000 101 0 -  2  6  0      (2-8, 0-2)
Coker College....... 003 000 X -  3  5  0      (8-4, 4-0)
Pitchers: North Greenville - Sarah Armstrong. Coker College - Skipper; Phillips(6).
Win-Phillips(5-2)  T-1:23  A-45
Weather: 55 Cloudy