North Greenville recorded one its biggest clutch offensive performances of the season Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders rallied for six runs in the 10th inning to power past Brevard College 10-4 at Brevard, NC.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the eighth inning, the Crusaders mounted their biggest comeback under first year mentor Travis Henson. NGU tied the game on a Tyler Callicutt home run. With a runner on first and one out, Callicutt (Pittsboro, N.C.) sent a 1-0 pitch from Brevard reliever Jacob White over the left field fence. Derek Brown (Iva, SC) came on in relief in the ninth inning for North Greenville and slammed the door on the Tornados. Brevard had the tying run at the plate when Brown got pinch hitter Jason Merrell to pop out in foul territory, sending the game to extras.
Derek Fulmer (Pelion, S.C.), Callicutt, and Anthony Foulk (Genoa, Ill.) all singled to open the 10th for NGU, and with Foulk’s hit bringing in Fulmer to put the Crusaders on top 5-4. Payne Parker came on to pitch for Brevard, and allowed a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Markus Duckworth (Bellmont, NC) and an RBI single to Cory Hinton (Rock Hill, S.C.). Parker then plunked Chris Harbit to load the bases. With the score 7-4, Duckworth then scored on a wild pitch and David Frazier (Snellville, Ga.) smacked a single to score yet another run. Harbit also scored on a throwing error by Brevard’s Miller as Frazier stole second, ending the North Greenville rally with the score 10-4.
Derek Brown (2-2; Iva, S.C.) picked up the win for North Greenville (6-26) after pitching scoreless frames in the 9th and 10th. Luke Smithson (1-1; Mills River, N.C.) gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning to pick up the loss.
The Crusaders will travel to Catawba (NC) on Wednesday, March 25 for a 6:00 p.m. contest with the South Atlantic Conference team. NGU’s next home game is Thursday, April 2 against Erskine at 1:30 p.m. at Ashmore Field in Tigerville.