Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team improved to 27-7 on the season after sweeping a Saturday double header with Brevard winning the first game 5-4 in comeback fashion and shutting out the Tornadoes 8-0 in the second game.
Junior Michael Benjamin picked up the win for NGU in game one pitching 7 innings giving up four runs on seven hits. Benjamin struck out three batters.
The Crusaders took the lead early in the game scoring a run in the third inning. Brevard wasted little time responding however platting four runs an inning later (top fourth) to take the lead 4-1. North Greenville responded quickly as well tying the game at four in the in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs on four hits.
The Crusaders took the lead 5-4 in the fifth and shut the Brevard offense down the final two innings to take game one. Brian Giles was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead NGU in game one.
North Greenville showed few signs of fatigue heading into game two Saturday. The Crusaders got another solid performance from their starting pitcher in game two. Jeff Witt pitched a complete game shut-out going seven strong innings allowing eight hits and striking out eight batters.
The North Greenville pressed the gas pedal to the floor offensively in game two. The Crusaders put the pressure on Brevard early platting three runs on three hits in the first inning. NGU scored two more runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.
Adam Taylor (2-4), Derek Fulmer (2-4), David Frazier (2-3), and Tyler Callicutt (2-3) all registered multiple hits for the Crusaders. Callicutt and Markus Duckworth tied for the lead with two RBI’s while Callicut also tied with Derek Fulmer with two runs scored.
North Greenville has little time to recuperate. The Crusaders will play six games in four days next week starting with a double header at home against Tuesday afternoon against Emmanuel College at 1pm.