Freshman David Frazier had a big day at the plate going 2-3 with a solo homer and three RBI’s, but North Greenville’s 7th inning rally fell one hit shy as the Crusaders dropped a tight 7-6 decision to #11 NCAA II rival Erskine College at Ashmore Field in Tigerville.
With NGU trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, Frazier got the Crusaders on the board with a lead off solo homer over the right field fence. The ball glanced off Erskine’s Brandon Garrett’s glove over the fence for Frazier’s first career homer at North Greenville.
Frazier knocked in two more runs in the fourth inning with an RBI single that plated Tyler Callicut and Jacob Goetze.
Erskine, one of the top small college baseball clubs in the South, carried a comfortable 7-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning of the schedule doubleheader. That’s when the Crusaders mounted yet another last minute rally. Sophomore Chris Harbit banged a solo shot over the fence (his first career homer) to add another Crusader run. Anthony Foulk drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Then, Goetze, who went 1-3 in the game, knocked in another run with a single pulled NGU to within one run. Junior Cory Hinton then was narrowly out at first base on a shot to the right of Erskine first baseman Matt Schneider, who tossed to relief pitcher Atlee Pearson for the out. Pearson earned the save for the Flying Fleet.
Sophomore Chad Drosieko (SO/Ellenboro, NC) took the loss but had a solid performance against the hard-hitting Fleet. Drew Provence came on in relief of Drosieko in the 6th inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was called due to rain.
North Greenville will host Limestone Friday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. The Crusaders have one home series following that game, a three-game set against Brevard April 10-11.