Central, S.C.—The North Greenville Crusader baseball team continued its recent dominance of Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday defeating the Warriors 4-2 in nine innings.
The Crusaders have won the last nine meetings with SWU dating back to the 2010 season in which the Crusaders were 5-0 against the Warriors. The Crusaders jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning after Brian Giles led the game off with a double to left center field. The Crusaders cashed in the run when Giles later scored on an Adam Taylor double.
The Crusaders added a second run in the top of the third on two hits. The inning was once again led of with a double by Brian Giles, his second in as many at bats. Giles later scored on a Derik Fulmer single. The Warriors cut NGU’s lead to 2-1 after platting a run on two hits in the bottom of the third inning.
Southern Wesleyan would go on to tie the game at two in the bottom of the fourth inning once again scoring a run on two hits. The tie did not last long however because the Crusaders scored a run in the fifth inning to quickly regain the advantage. The scoring threat was once again started by NGU second baseman Brian Giles who led the inning off with his third double of the game.
The Crusader pitching staff would go on to hold Southern Wesleyan to two runs while the offense added another run in the top half of the eighth inning to secure the 4-2 win.
The undisputed leader for the Crusaders at the plate today was Brian Giles who was 3-4 from the plate with three doubles. Giles also scored three of four NGU runs. Sophomore Adam Taylor also had a solid day at the dish going 2-4 with two RBI’s.
On the mound for NGU was Derick Fulmer who picked up his first win of the season after pitching 7.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits. Fulmer also tallied five strikeouts and only three walks. Brian Giles picked up his sixth save of the season after pitching an inning of shutout baseball and recording two strikeouts.
With the win the Crusaders break the 20 win plateau. The Crusaders are now 20-9 on the season with 12 regular season games left to play. The Crusaders will hit the road tomorrow for a game with Lenoir Rhyne before returning home on April 1st for a double header with Toccoa Falls.