Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—Paced by Andrew Lawrence’s three RBI, the North Greenville Baseball team cruised to an 8-3 win over King College Tuesday night, the fourth win over King College in as many days.

The Crusaders and Tornadoes recently met up in Bristol, Tenn. where the Crusaders swept a three-game set.

King struck first in Tuesday’s game. With Runners on second and third, starter Ryan Woodring’s breaking ball squirted away from Anthony Foulk behind the plate scoring the runner from third base.

The Crusaders waited until the fourth inning to even the score when Lawrence picked up his first RBI with a single that scored Derek Fulmer from second base.

King jumped ahead again in the sixth inning after a solo homerun. The 2-1 advantage would be the last lead of the day for King after NGU struck for two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the sixth. Lawrence was once again the culprit in the sixth inning with a single that scored Adam Taylor and  Fulmer who reached base on back-to-back singles.

After a quick three up, three down inning, the Crusaders came to bat with a 3-2 lead. With two outs, Foulk’s double sparked a two-out rally. Foulk scoredon a single by Fulmer. With two out and two on, David Frazier stepped to the plate and smashed a homer over the right field wall, once again scoring Taylor and Fulmer.

Both teams would score one more run in the eighth inning to make the score 8-3 but the Crusaders once again proved too much for King. The Crusaders had four players with multiple hits including Foulk and Taylor who were both 2-for-4. Taylor accounted for two runs scored and Foulk added one. Fulmer was solid with a 2-for-3 performance with two runs scored and an RBI while Frazier was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer. The offensive MVP of the day was designated hitter Lawrence who was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Woodring picked up the win for the Crusaders after pitching six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six.

NGU is now 29-12 on the season with five games remaining. The Crusaders will take the big stage tomorrow night at Fluor Field in Greenville to take on the Limestone Saints. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.