Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team split a weekend double header at Young Harris College Saturday with a 14-10 game one win and a 3-1 loss in game two.
The Crusaders are now 4-1 on the season against YHC after a three game sweep of the Cougars less than a month ago. Drew Provence got the Start for North Greenville and pitched 6.1 innings. He gave up eight runs and six earned runs. Provence struck out five and allowed one free pass while picking up a no decision.
The win in game one was awarded to Nate Richards (3-2). Richards pitched 2.2 scoreless innings while giving up one hit. Richards also posted a strike out and allowed one walk. Offensively, seven of NGU’s nine starters picked up at-least one hit in the first game. Adam Taylor (2-6), Derick Fulmer (2-5), and Andrew Lawrence (2-4), had multiple hits. Lawrence led the team with three RBI’s while Brian Giles led all players with four runs scored.
After trailing the entire game, Young Harris used a five run seventh inning to take a 10-9 lead. The Cougar’s largest run output of the day was fueled by six hits. The Crusaders answered with their biggest inning of the day. The rally was by Brian Giles who reached on a fielding error by the YHC third baseman. Giles was sacrificed to second putting the tying run scoring position.
After reaching third on a ground ball, Giles would score on YHC’s second error of the inning. Andrew Lawrence would add to the lead with single to right field which scored two. John Reinholz would also cash in with a single which scored two runs.
After a 14 run 10 hit performance, in game one, the Crusaders’ bats went cold in game two. NGU was able to muster just one run in game two on just three hits. The Lone run for North Greenville came in the third inning when Andrew Lawrence was platted after a bases loaded walk. Lawrence was 1-3 in game two with a run scored. Brian Giles and David Frazier were both 1-3 from the plate as well.
On the mound for NGU in game two was Sean Willingham. Willingham pitched six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out seven.
Following Saturday’s split, the Crusaders improve to 23-10 on the season with just 13 games left. The Crusaders next challenge will come on April 5th when they travel to Franklin Springs, Georgia for a road matchup with Emmanuel College.