Friday, March 22, 2013

Misenheimer, N.C.—The Crusaders continued their recent conference success on Friday afternoon, splitting a Conference Carolinas double header with Pfeiffer University exchanging a pair of 3-2 wins.


Both games proved to be dramatic, being decided in extra innings. The Falcons opened up the offense early, scoring two runs in the opening frame. The Ashlee Ellen’s RBI double scored Sadie Saine from third base to give the Falcons a 1-0 advantage. Hannah Jackson would score on the same play, but on an NGU throwing error, deeming the run, unearned.

North Greenville would wait until the sixth inning to get on the scoreboard. With the help of three hits, and two Pfeiffer errors, the Crusaders would tie the score at 2. Tori Freedman’s RBI single through the left side of the infield Scored Cassi Carpenter to cut the Pfeiffer lead to just 2-1. Three batters later, Marielena Santos’ RBI single that scored Megan Steading would even the score at 2-2.

The first game would take two extra innings before a winner was decided. After three innings of scoreless action, the Crusaders broke through. Rachel Glazebrook’s go ahead single in the top of the ninth inning platted Sarah Armstrong to give NGU its first lead of the game at 3-2. The Falcons would be turned away in the home half of the ninth, giving the Crusaders a series opening 3-2 victory. 


Pfeiffer once again jumped out to an early lead in game two, when Ashlee Allen’s shot to right field found open space, scoring Sadie Saine to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. The Falcons added a second run in the following inning on Saine’s RBI double which gave Pfeiffer a 2-0 lead.

NGU finally got the offense going in the fourth inning on the back of two hits and a Pfeiffer error. Kimberly Robertson’s RBI groundout scored Sarah Armstrong from third base to cut the Falcon lead in half. She was followed up by NGU’s hottest hitter in Amy Nagel, whose RBI single scored Cassie Carpenter to even the tally at 2-2, capping the scoring in regulation innings.

Neither team would score again until the eighth inning. Pfeiffer’s Khristin Isley ended the drama with a two out single to left field scoring Jaclyn Boever, as the Falcons narrowly avoided being swept. The Crusaders finished the day 8-12 on the season and 4-6 in Conference Carolinas play. North Greenville will be back in action on March 25th, when the Crusaders travel to Anderson to take on Anderson University of the South Atlantic Conference. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm.