Thursday, February 25, 2010

Game Two Box Due West, S.C.—The North Greenville (10-2) baseball team used a strong offensive attack and solid defense to sweep an afternoon double header from the 25th ranked Erskine Flying Fleet winning game one 19-2 and the second game 6-1.

In the first game the North Greenville offense exhausted the Erskine bullpen forcing the Fleet to use seven pitchers in seven innings. The Crusaders totaled 41 at bats in the first contest platting 19 runs on 17 hits.

On the mound for the Crusaders in the first game was ace Drew Provence who pitched a complete game giving two runs on six hits. Province struck out five batters and allowed only two walks. The Crusaders are 4-0 in the 2010 season when Provence takes the mound.

Offensively for the first game the Crusaders used a balanced attack to defeat Erskine with nine players having at-least one hit. Standing out however for NGU was David Frazier who was 4-5 with three RBI’s and three runs scored. Junior Brian Giles was 2-4 from the plate with five runs batted in which led the team. Other offensive leaders in the first game for North Greenville were Randy Stegall who was 3-6 with two RBI’s and two runs scored, and Adam Taylor who was 3-4 with three RBI’s and 2 runs scored.

North Greenville’s offense cooled off slightly during the second game but still scored six runs on 10 hits. Leading the attack for NGU in game two was designated hitter Derek Fulmer who was 2-4 with two RBI’s. Markus Duckworth was 2-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored and Adam Taylor was 3-5 with a run scored.    

Head coach Travis Henson got another strong performance on the mound in the second game this time from junior right hander Michael Benjamin. Benjamin pitched the second complete game of the day for the Crusaders giving up one run on five hits in seven innings of work. He issued three walks and striking out two batters.

“Huge wins for us today at Erskine. Erskine is an established program with strong tradition and it was great to win two games at their place,” said coach Travis Henson. “I’m proud of starting pitchers and I think we played great defense. Offensively we found a ways to manufacture runs and got players involved. Winning 3 games in a row against two good division II programs is a big deal and I’m proud of our team.”

The Crusaders are currently riding a seven game win streak after the two wins over Erskine are outscoring opponents 85-30 during the streak. They will put their streak on line again on March 2nd at home against Limestone. The first pitch will be thrown at 2pm.