Misenheimer, N.C. – Sarah Hall reached a milestone 200th win on Thursday afternoon as NGU split with the 2nd ranked Pfeiffer Falcons winning 7-0 with a 6-3 loss.
The Crusaders sprung the upset in game one with a late surge of offense. Five runs in the fifth inning solidified a solid pitching performance from Amanda Croffin who held the league’s best offense to just two hits en route to a complete game shutout. The Falcons used three different hurlers as NGU pounded out six hits that brought in five earned runs.
North Greenville broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning on four hits. Heather Wade delivered a one out single that score two runs while Megan Johnson’s two run blast extended the lead to five. The Crusaders also benefitted from a Pfeiffer miscue that scored Shayna Finley to make it 5-0.
NGU added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning when Morgan Roach homered to left center, bringing around Morgan Herlong to score as well. Heather Wade led the team with a 2-4 performance with two RBI. Megan Johnson and Morgan Roach both had a homer and two RBI in the first game.
The Crusaders took a 3-2 lead in game two after three innings. Johnson delivered her third RBI of the day in the first inning while Kate Lee scored NGU’s third run of the game with an RBI single in the third. North Greenville also got some help with a throwing error from the Falcons that scored Heather Wade from third.
Pfeiffer’s bats produced their first runs of the day in the home half of the third, answering NGU with two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. The Falcons would get four more runs in the next half inning to put the Crusaders in a three-run hole. The lead would stick as NGU was able to muster just one more hit in the final three innings while stranding three runners.
Kate Lee was 2-4 in game two with an RBI to lead the offense. Megan Johnson also had an RBI for the Crusaders while Heather Wade led the team with a pair of runs scored with a hit. Amanda Croffin fell to 12-6 as a starter in the circle, giving up four earned runs on five hits.
North Greenville is now 27-17 on the season and 13-5 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will take on Southern Wesleyan at 4 and 6 next Wednesday and will wrap up the regular season on April 22nd with a double header at Lees-McRae at 1 and 3pm.