Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Game Two Box
Tigerville, S.C.-The North Greenville Baseball Team improved to 29-7 on the season and extended its seven game win streak to nine games sweeping a twin bill against the Emmanuel College Lions 13-3 and 8-5.

North Greenville won game the first game of the day in only five innings due to the NAIA “10 run mercy rule”.  The Crusaders were down early however after the Lions platted two runs on a two run homer in the top of the second inning. The Crusaders were not down long however after scoring six runs on five hits in the bottom half of the second.
North Greenville added two runs in the third and four runs in the fourth to secure the game one victory. Offensively eight of the nine NGU starters had at least one hit. Dayton Lupton was perfect at the plate in game one going 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Brian Giles was 2-2 with three runs scored and an RBI while Markus Duckworth also charted multiple hits going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Mark Benjamin was credited with the game one win pitching a complete five inning game allowing three runs on seven hits.
Game two would be more closely contested by the Lions of Emmanuel College. The two squads were deadlocked at one run heading into the fourth inning in which the Crusaders scored two runs to take the lead again. Perhaps the turning point of the game came in the fifth inning when NGU plated five runs which secured the game two victory and the series sweep of the lions.
On the mound for the Crusaders was Mark Lucas who picked up his first collegiate victory pitching five innings allowing three runs on three hits. Lucas allowed three walks but recorded five strikeouts.
The double header against Emmanuel opened a tough week for the Crusaders. Tomorrow the team will travel to Gaffney to take on Limestone followed by a three game weekend set against South Atlantic powerhouse Mars Hill.