Franklin Springs. Ga.—The North Greenville baseball team reached the 25 win plateau on Tuesday after splitting a double header with Emmanuel College winning game one 9-1 followed by a 4-0 loss to the Lions.
The Crusaders are 2-1 against Emmanuel on the season and are 25-11 overall. Game one was still in doubt until the top of the fourth inning. With the Crusaders clinging to a 1-0 lead, freshman third baseman Taylor Hollifield lifted a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence with two runners on to give the Crusaders a 4-0 lead. The Crusaders marched on to add five more runs to secure the win.
The Crusaders struggled in game two. After scoring nine runs in the first game, the Emmanuel pitching staff beared down. The stingy Lions’ staff held the Crusaders scoreless in game two while allowing eight NGU hits. The Crusaders left 12 runners on base. The North Greenville pitching staff allowed 4 runs on just seven hits but the lions were aided by three NGU fielding errors.
The loss to the Lions is only North Greenville’s first loss in five games as the Crusaders head down the final stretch. The Crusaders will hit the road again this weekend for a three game tilt with future Conference Carolina’s rival King College. The first game of the series will be Friday in Bristol, Tennessee with a 3pm first pitch.