Coffrin stymies Tornado offense, moves NGU into title game

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

BURLINGTON, N.C. – With a spot in the Conference Carolinas Softball Championship title game, third seed North Greenville University came away with a 2-0 victory over fourth seed King University. The Crusaders got another spectacular pitching performance, this time from Amanda Coffrin who tossed another shutout.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 North Greenville 2, No. 4 King 0
LOCATION: Springwood Park; Burlington, N.C.
RECORDS: North Greenville 32-13 King 31-20

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS

  • North Greenville had five players account for their five hits with Ashton Withers and Jaelin Griffin each driving in runs.
  • For King, Hannah Riddle posted a pair of hits.

PITCHING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coffrin only allowed four hits for North Greenville and struck out five in seven innings.
  • For King, Leslie Odom threw five innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
  • Rachel Farmer tossed the final inning for the Tornado.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King had their best scoring chance of the day in the first inning with a leadoff single and later a hit by pitch to put two runners one.
  • However, the Tornado couldn't capitalize.
  • North Greenville got a rally going in the second inning with back-to-back one-out singles.
  • Griffin then ripped a sacrifice, scoring Taylor Koon to put the Crusaders ahead.
  • The Crusaders then started the third inning with a double and single to put runners on the corners for Ashton Withers. She hit a sacrifice fly, extending the North Greenville lead to 2-0 after three.
  • That was all Coffrin needed as she retired the last five batters she face to give the Crusaders the victory.

UP NEXT

  • North Greenville advances to Sunday's Conference Carolinas Softball Championship title game and will face the winner between King and either Limestone College or University of Mount Olive.
  • Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
  • The Tornado await the winner of Mount Olive and Limestone.
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