TIGERVILLE, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae softball team dropped a pair of games at North Greenville, 14-0, 2-0, in Conference Carolinas play Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Field in Tigerville, S.C.
The Crusaders (10-5, 2-0 CC) used a grand slam from Cassi Carpenter while Rachel Glazebrook tossed a perfect game in the opener. The Bobcats (3-14, 0-2) saw Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) bash out three hits in the second game to raise her batting average to .422.
Game 1: North Greenville 14, LMC 0
The Crusaders exploded for six runs in the first inning after a leadoff single by Sarah Armstrong followed by three consecutive walks put NGU up 1-0. Jordan Farmer stroked an RBI single to extend the lead, 2-0.
Carpenter delivered the big blow with a grand slam.
Celeste Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) (1-7) settled in and would strike out the next three batters.
The Crusaders plated four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Megan Johnson.
Farmer recorded her third RBI single of the contest in the bottom of the third while NGU pushed the lead to 13-0.
Glazebrook helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to cap off the Crusader scoring.
Sheppard lasted two innings while allowing six hits with five strikeouts.
Game 2: North Greenville 2, LMC 0
The Bobcats threatened in the top of the first following a Lagle ground-rule double and Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) single, however, LMC was unable to capitalize when a fly out ended the inning.
Freshman Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) induced a two-out bases loaded ground out to escape the bottom of the first unscathed.
Glazebrook led off the bottom of the third with a double while Tori Freedman drove her in with an RBI single. Jordan Willingham followed suit with an RBI single of her own.
Dutton (1-7) buckled down and recorded one of her eight strikeouts and got a groundball to get out of the jam.
Lagle led off the inning with a single to open the seventh, but LMC was unable to push across a run in the frame.
Dutton took the loss after five innings of work while Taylor Billings (Sophia, N.C.) pitched a scoreless inning.
LMC will play its home opener when it welcomes Mars Hill for a doubleheader Tuesday at 2 & 4 p.m.
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