Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team (24-7) swept a midweek two game set against Southern Wesleyan University winning the first game 12-2 (5 Innings) and winning the second game in comeback fashion 9-6.
With the two wins Wednesday, The Crusaders complete a four game sweep of Southern Wesleyan after beating the Warriors twice earlier in the season. In the four regular season games, the Crusaders outscored the Warriors 51-21 in 24 innings.
Southern Wesleyan jumped out to a quick one run lead in the first inning of game one with a solo home run. The Crusaders were held scoreless in the first inning but got the offense going in the second scoring six runs on five hits. NGU was aided in the third with two SWU fielding errors.
The Warriors cut into the North Greenville lead with a run in the third inning. The Crusaders added two more runs in the fourth inning to make the score 8-2. NGU added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning forcing the umpires to call the game due to a “mercy rule” employed by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The “mercy rule” states that if a team is winning by ten runs after five complete innings, the game must be called by game officials.
On the mound for NGU in game one was Derek Fulmer who pitched all five innings giving up two runs on five hits. Fulmer struck out seven batters and allowed one walk. He also helped his own cause going 3-4 from the plate with a run scored and five RBI’s.
Also leading the Crusaders in game one was freshman Adam Taylor who was 2-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s. Tyler Callicutt also charted a multi-hit game going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
North Greenville won game two on Wednesday in a most unusual fashion. The Crusaders trailed by five runs heading into fifth inning. Until this point NGU had one hit in four previous at bats. In their last two at bats, the Crusaders managed to score nine runs on just three hits.
Getting the win for North Greenville in game two was Nate Richards who pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up no runs and no hits.
Two of the three hits for North Greenville in game two came from Adam Taylor who was 2-4 with an RBI. The third hit for NGU was registered by Dayton Lupton who was 1-4 with 2 RBI’s. Lupton’s hit came in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs increasing the North Greenville lead to three.
The two wins will give the Crusaders momentum heading into a three game set with Brevard. The first game is scheduled for Friday afternoon followed by a double header on Saturday. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3pm.