TIGERVILLE, SC – North Greenville University opened up a three game series with Brevard College with a 7-2 win Friday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
The Tornados got on the board first in the top of the first inning, as senior left-fielder Luke Lovelace doubled to drive in BC lead-off hitter Brice Warner from second to give BC the early 1-0 lead.
However, North Greenville knotted the score up in the bottom half of the second inning, as first-baseman Grant Kelley scored from third on a wild pitch by BC starter Jacob White.
North Greenville blew the game open in the bottom of the third, as the home team pushed across four runs, highlighted by a Curt Marshall double with the bases loaded which drove in three runs.
Down 5-1 heading into the seventh inning, the Tornados got a run back as freshman first-baseman Matt Rose drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Warner from third base.
Yet in the bottom half of the seventh, North Greenville scored two runs in the inning by way of a Marshall two-run homerun to put the Crusaders up five at 7-2.
North Greenville reliever Daniel Goodnight pitched the final two innings of the game, allowing only one hit while striking out three BC hitters to preserve the 7-2 win for the Crusaders.
BC starter Jacob White (0-2) picked up the loss, as the freshman right-hander gave up five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits over three innings of work.
The win went to North Greenville’s Michael Benjamin (2-3), as the starter gave up two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings of action.
At the plate, BC’s Lovelace and fellow outfielder Adam Arrowood were both 2-5 for the game, with Lovelace picking up two doubles and an RBI. Warner was 1-4 with two runs scored, while catcher Josh Miller was 1-3 on the day.
North Greenville was led by Marshall, who was 2-3 with a homerun, a double, five RBIs and two runs scored. Second-baseman Chase Pope was 3-4 with a run scored, while short-stop Cory Hinton was 1-3 with two runs scored.
**Game story from Brevard Sports Information Office.**