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Win: Devon Morrison (6-2) 7.020016
Loss: B. Fort (5-2) 7.043303
Haley Simonds (NBY) 322302
S. Finley (NGU) 301000
H. Gray (NGU) 201000
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Win: A. Coffrin (5-4) 7.061136
Loss: Emily Marchbanks (3-2) 6.074210
Christina Linton (NBY) 302110
G. DeBoer (NGU) 302100
Simonds' two home runs power Newberry to split with North Greenville

Simonds' two home runs power Newberry to split with North Greenville
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Newberry softball team earned a split against North Greenville Wednesday afternoon at Jan McDonald Field. Haley Simonds’ two home runs powered Newberry to a 3-0 win in game one before dropping game two against the Crusaders, 4-1.

Newberry (9-4) grabbed a 1-0 lead over North Greenville (10-8) in the second inning after Simonds smashed her second home run of the season to left center.

Devon Morrison did not allow a hit until the top of the sixth. North Greenville loaded the bases in the frame, but Morrison and the Newberry defense worked out of the jam and kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard.

Natalie Willis lead off the seventh with a bunt single. Haley Wildes grounded out to move Willis to second, bringing Simonds to the plate. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Simonds sent another ball out of Jan McDonald Field over the left center wall for her second homer of the contest, giving Newberry two more insurance runs for a 3-0 lead.

Morrison secured three quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, handing Newberry a 3-0 game one win.

Simonds finished game one going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored. Morrison notched her sixth win of the season, pitching 7.0 shutout innings allowing two hits and striking out six.

The Crusaders struck first in game two, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third. The Wolves halved the North Greenville lead in the top of the fourth. Christina Linton roped a single to center, scoring Shannon McCann.

North Greenville recorded two more insurance runs in the fourth and the sixth innings for a 4-1 game two victory.

Linton led Newberry with two hits and an RBI. Four other Wolves recorded hits in game two. Emily Marchbanks pitched 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.

Grace DeBoer went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Crusaders. Amanda Coffrin picked up the win, tossing 7.0 innings allowing six hits and one run.

Newberry will travel to Duncan for the Mid-South Classic on Saturday. The Wolves will face Barton (5-3) and Flagler (8-8).