Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tigerville, S.C.—The Crusaders took an 8-0 win in game one and a 10-2 win in game two, sweeping the Barton Bulldogs in a Conference Carolinas double header on senior day in Tigerville. The two wins over Barton put the Crusaders over the .500 mark in league play for the first time this season.


The Bulldogs were shutout in the top half of the first inning, but NGU’s senior Catcher Amy Nagel made sure the Crusaders ended the frame with the lead. Nagel’s one out sacrifice fly would bring across the first run of the game as Sarah Armstrong crossed the plate to give North Greenville a 1-0 advantage. The Crusaders tacked on another run in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

North Greenville broke through in the following frame to the tune of four runs. The Crusaders collected those runs on four hits and a Bulldog error. Marielena Santos and Sarah Armstrong led the inning off with back to back singles. The two would advance a base before Rachel Glazebrook sent her seventh home run of the season over the left field fence extending the NGU lead to 5-0. Nagel would score the sixth run of the game after scoring on Tori Freedman’s RBI double, giving the Crusaders a 6-0 lead.

The Crusaders would tack on another run in both the fifth and sixth innings to take an 8-0 lead, ending the game via mercy rule. Seniors Kimberly Robertson and Amy Nagel would be credited with RBI’s for North Greenville; Nagel’s coming on a solo home run in the sixth to put NGU up 8-0. Rachel Glazebrook got the win for North Greenville pitching six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out seven.

North Greenville 8, Barton 0 (Apr 06, 2013 at Tigerville, S.C.) (Game 1)
Barton.............. 000 000  -  0  3  1      (7-22, 4-13)
North Greenville.... 101 411  -  8 13  3      (11-15-1, 7-7-1)
Pitchers: Barton - Liz White. North Greenville - Rachel Glazebrook.
Win-Rachel Glazebrook(8-7)  Loss-Liz White(3-8)  T-1:40  A-72
HR NGU - Rachel Glazebrook; Amy Nagel.
Weather: Sunny 65 Degrees


It was more of the same for NGU in the first inning of game two. The Crusaders took a quick 3-0 lead in the home half of the first on four hits, after holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the frame. Amy Nagel continued her solid day at the plate, singling in Sarah Armstrong to give North Greenville a 1-0 lead. Kansas Wofford capped the inning with an RBI double to left field which left the Bulldogs with a 3-0 deficit.

North Greenville would tack on another run in the second inning to take a 4-0. Barton got the bats rolling in the top half of the third. A leadoff single Emily Leagon got things going for the Bulldogs and would score the first run of the day for Barton on an NGU error.  Alex Baylis would reach base on the same throwing error, and later scored on a single from Liz Wright, cutting North Greenville’s lead in half.

The Crusaders solved the Barton pitching puzzle early, and continued to put the pieces together in the home half of the third. Armstrong, Santos, and Kimberly Robertson all registered RBI’s in the inning, erasing the Barton two run third, and extending the Crusaders lead to 7-2. Santos also singled in a run in the three run NGU fifth inning. Two more North Greenville runs scored on a Bulldog throwing error, giving the Crusaders a 10-2 win as Barton once again fell victim to the eight run mercy rule as the Bulldogs were turned away in the top of the fifth inning.

Cassi Carpenter got the win for North Greenville in game two after pitching five innings, allowing just two runs on two hits. North Greenville’s seniors shined through on their senior day, combining to score nine of NGU’s 18 runs and accounting for 10 of the Crusaders RBI’s. Amy Nagel continued her solid senior campaign going 4-6 on the day with three RBI’s and three runs scored. Marielena Santos was also on a tear today, also going a combined 4-6 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.

Other seniors making a mark for the Crusaders were Courtney Campbell who was 1-5 on the day with a run scored, Rachel Holeman who was 1-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, second baseman Kansas Wofford who registered two hits and two RBI’s with a run, and Kimberly Robertson who was 2-6 with two RBI’s.

The Crusaders improved to 8-7-1 in league play on Saturday, and 12-15-1 overall. The Crusaders will return to the field on Monday for a conference double header with league leading Mount Olive College.  The Crusaders and Trojans are scheduled for a noon first pitch.

North Greenville 10, Barton 2 (Apr 06, 2013 at Tigerville, S.C.) (Game 2)
Barton.............. 002 00 -  2  2  3      (7-23, 4-14)
North Greenville.... 313 3X - 10 13  1      (12-15-1, 8-7-1)
Pitchers: Barton - Autumn Pittman. North Greenville - Cassi Carpenter.
Win-Cassi Carpenter(3-4)  Loss-Autumn Pittman(2-10)  T-1:10  A-74
Weather: Sunny 67 Degrees