BURLINGTON, N.C. – In the opening game of the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament, it looked as though third seeded North Greenville University was locked in a pitcher’s duel in the early going with Pfeiffer University. The Falcon offense got going with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth as pitcher Sam Jarmusch made the runs stand up in the 3-0 victory.
Both pitchers, Rachel Glazebrook for North Greenville (27-14) and Pfeiffer’s Jarmusch sat down the opposition in order in the first inning. Jarmusch was the first pitcher to run into trouble as North Greenville’s Morgan Roach registered the game’s first hit in the second inning. However, she used a double play to escape any damage.
The Crusaders threatened again in the third, but Jarmusch was again up to the task, stranding runners on second and third to keep the game scoreless. The Pfeiffer offense would get their pitcher some runs when Hannah Jackson registered their first hit to leadoff the fourth inning. After advancing to second on a throwing error, she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on the same play as the throw was dropped at first base. The Falcons (17-23-1) added another run on similar fashion as Celia Dew dropped down a sacrifice bunt that was again thrown away to allow another run to score, giving Pfeiffer the 2-0 lead.
North Greenville threatened again in the bottom half of the inning as they loaded the bases with two outs, but Jarmush induced a popout to end the threat and keep the Falcons in the lead.
Pfeiffer extend their lead in the sixth when Celia Dew ripped her third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence. The Falcons were looking for more runs in the frame as Rachel Crowder loaded the bases with a one-out single up the middle. However, Glazebrook got a strikeout and a groundout back to the circle to end the threat and keep the Crusader deficit at 3-0.
Jarmusch worked out of a jam again in the sixth, stranding a pair of walks on base to keep Pfeiffer in the lead. In the seventh, Emily Workman started the inning with a single and moved to third base later in the inning, but she was stranded there. Sarah Armstrong started the bottom of the seventh inning for North Greenville with a single, but Jarmusch got three straight outs to earn the complete game victory.
Jarmusch allowed only four hits, and earned her eighth win of the season to lead the Falcons. Pfeiffer had seven players each record a hit, with the top three batters in their lineup accounting for all three runs.
Four separate Crusaders registered hits, and Glazebrook allowed three runs, one earned on seventh hits. She struck out 11 in the loss.
North Greenville will play the loser of the Limestone-Lees-McRae matchup at 3:00 p.m., while Pfeiffer will take on the winner of King and Barton at 5:00 p.m.