Wednesday, March 3, 2010

TIgerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team (11-2) extended its winning streak to eight games today with an 8-7 win over Limestone College.

Starting on the mound for North Greenville was right hander Mark Benjamin. Benjamin pitched five innings giving up 7 runs on four hits. He gave up 4 walks and struck out three. The Saints of Limestone scored one run in the first inning. North Greenville answered with three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the first.
The Crusaders scored another run in the fourth inning to take the lead 4-1. Limestone scored two runs in the top of the fifth and would go on to take the lead 7-4 with a four run sixth inning.  After scoring one run in the sixth, the Crusaders would take the lead back from the Saints in the seventh scoring three runs on two hits.
With the one run lead in the top of the eighth second baseman Brian Giles was called on to close the game for North Greenville. Giles pitched an inning and a half of scoreless baseball giving up only two hits and striking out two batters.
Offensive leaders for NGU were David Frazier who was 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Brian Giles who was 2-3 with three RBI’s and a run scored.  Randy Stegall, Anthony Foulk, Tyler Callicutt, and Markus Duckworth all registered RBI’s for North Greenville.
“It was another huge win over solid team,” said head coach Travis Henson. “It was a total team effort, I think our pitchers did a great job in tough spots, our defense was solid, and we found a way to score runs when we had to. The way we performed today is the sign of a solid team. We were able to come from behind to get the win using a lot of different people both offensively and defensively. More importantly is we found a way to win even though we weren’t playing our best baseball and I’m proud of the team.”
The Crusaders will take Thursday off before opening a three game series with Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Friday.