North Greenville’s bats awakened in a mighty way in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson City, Tenn. against South Atlantic Conference member Carson Newman as the Crusaders took the first game 9-4 with 11 hits and nine RBI’s. The Eagles returned the favor in the second game, rapping out 12 hits and scoring four runs in the first inning en route to a 10-3 win.
Senior Devin Vance (Taylors, SC) tossed a complete game five-hitter to quiet the Eagles’ bats while North Greenville erupted in one of their biggest outbursts of the year. Vance went the full seven innings and struck out five while allowing only one earned run. NGU scored three runs in the 5th inning after trailing early. Tyler Callicut ripped a two-run double and Anthony Foulk also poked an RBI double to key the spurt.
Coach Travis Henson’s club then put the game out of reach with a four run seventh. Foulk drove in two more runs with another double and Perry Foster (Landrum, SC) added a two RBI single.
The big hitters for North Greenville were Foulk (3-4, 3 RBI), Derek Fulmer (2-3 with two runs scored), Callicut (1-2 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored), Perry Foster (1-4 with 2 RBI’s), and Chris Harbit, who had a lead off solo homer in the 3rd inning.
Carson Newman got hot early in game two by scoring four quick runs and then had three more in the third and 6th innings. Chris Harbit had another good game for the Crusaders going 2-2, Dylan Fulk went 1-3 with two RBI’s, which included a double in the seventh, and Dayton Lupton drove in the final NGU run with a fielder’s choice grounder also in the seventh.
North Greenville will host Brevard College Friday and Saturday, April 10-11 in three-game homestand at Ashmore Field in Tigerville for its next action. First pitch Friday is at 2:00 p.m. and a doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.