Tigerville, S.C.—Sophomor right hander Drew Provence pitched six innings of shutout baseball racking up 12 strikeouts and walking two as the leading North Greenville (3-1) to a 10-1 series opening victory over Davis and Elkins.
The Senators scored their lone run (unearned) in the top of the first inning on an errant throw from right field. The North Greenville offense was quick to answer the Davis and Elkins challenge plating 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits.
The Crusaders went on to score three runs in the second inning taking advantage of three D&E errors. NGU went on to add two runs in the third inning and two runs in the sixth. Four of the Crusaders 10 runs were unearned as the NGU offense took advantage of five Senators’ errors.
Offensively, NGU was led by first baseman Tyler Callicutt who went 1-3 with three runs batted in. Third baseman Dayton Lupton was 2-4 with 2 runs batted in. Lupton also scored a run. Anthony Foulk, Adam Taylor, and Marcus Duckworth also accounted for one RBI each. Foulk and Duckworth also scored two runs.
“I’m proud of our guys and very proud of Drew [Province]. He pitched a great game and showed great poise after giving up an early run and dealing with the weather,” said head coach Travis Henson, “I think a big key to the game is we got their starter out of the game early and put pressure on their defense. All in all we were excited to get the win and we have to get ready to play tomorrow.”
The 3-1 start to the 2010 season is the baseball teams best start in four seasons. The Crusaders will finish up the three game series tomorrow with a double header Saturday. The first pitch is scheduled for 12pm weather permitting.