Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team scored eight runs in its final two at bats on Tuesday afternoon to extend its winning streak to 10 games after an 8-7 win over Lenoir Rhyne at Ashmore Field.
The Bears their damage in the first three innings scoring four runs in the first and three runs in the third. Starting Pitcher Ryan Woodring was pulled in the third inning after giving up seven runs on four hits. Woodring struck out one and walked three.
Michael Benjamin came on in relief for NGU in the third a delivered a masterful performance pitching six shutout innings ringing up six strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Brian Giles picked up the save for NGU after an inning of relief work.
The Crusaders were held scoreless until they broke through with a two run seventh inning. The NGU batters took advantage of a suspect Bears’ bullpen in the eighth inning. Short stop David Frazier started an eighth inning rally with a leadoff single. He score after three walks by LR pitchers. After another run scored on a base on balls, Anthony Foulk would add another run with a single to center field.
With the score at 7-5, sophomore Adam Taylor stepped into the box and tied the game with a two run single. The Crusaders took the lead after a bloop single from Derick Fulmer landed between a diving first baseman and right fielder to make the score 8-7.
The win over Lenoir Rhyne, a South Atlantic Conference Member, improves the NGU’s record to 14-6 on the season while the Bears fall to 4-19. The Crusaders will enjoy a much needed break before returning to the diamond for a rematch with Erskine College on March 15th.