Game Two Box
Tigerville, S.C.—Marcus Duckworth was 1-2 with a double and an RBI and Anthony Foulk was 2-4 with an RBI to lead North Greenville (18-5) as the Crusaders fall to West Virginia State 7-2 in game one of a Saturday double header.
Starting pitcher for NGU was Mike Benjamin who pitched 4 innings giving up 2 runs on six hits. Benjamin recorded six strike outs while allowing only two walks. Nate Richards came on in relief for North Greenville in the fifth inning. Richards gave up five runs on five hits.
The Crusaders trailed 2-1 until the fifth inning when they tied the game on an Anthony Foulk single that scored Marcus Duckworth. Neither team scored again until the Yellow Jackets five run seventh.
The Crusaders fell behind early in the second game of the day giving up four runs in the first three innings. WVS scored two more runs in the fifth inning before North Greenville responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Crusaders threatened again in the bottom of the sixth but could only muster one run when Dayton Lupton scored on a Marcus Duckworth Sacrifice fly. The Yellow Jackets threatened to extend their lead in the top of the seventh with two runners on and two outs but catcher Anthony Foulk ended the threat picking off the runner at first base.
The Crusaders headed into the bottom of the seventh down by three runs but were unable to tie the game making the final score of the second game 6-3. The two losses Saturday mark the first time this season the Crusaders have lost two games in a row.
“Obviously we were happy with the big win Friday but not so happy with today’s outcome,” said head coach Travis Henson. “I think our pitching was pretty solid but we didn’t field the ball very well. We also couldn’t pick up the clutch hits today that we have been getting all year. We just have to learn from this and get ready for our next game.”
The Crusaders will take the field again on March 24th for a rematch Erskine College. The first pitch is scheduled for 1pm.