Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team wrapped up its 2011 regular season on Wednesday sweeping Montreat 4-1 and 9-2 in a mid-week double header at Flour Field.
The two wins put the Crusaders at 31-13 on the season finishing with one less loss than a year ago. The Crusaders wasted little time at the plate. With one out and a runner on second, sophomore Adam Taylor ripped his fifth home run of the year over the right field wall scoring Brian Giles from second. Taylor will also finish the regular season leading the team with a .407 batting average.
After a scoreless second inning, Montreat would strike with a run in the third to cut the Crusaders lead in half. NGU would go scoreless again in the bottom of the third but would go on to score two runs in the fourth, a small rally started by lead-off single from Derek Fulmer. Fulmer would come around to score on a single from David Frazier which produced a Montreat error. Frazier would reach third on the throwing error and would score on a Tyler Callicutt sacrifice fly.
The Crusaders would go on to take game one riding the complete game performance from ace righty Drew Provence. Provence allowed one un-earned run on three hits while tallying three strikeouts.
In game two the Crusaders fell behind early after a one run top of the first for Montreat. The Crusaders answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. The Cavaliers evened the score at two in the third but NGU once again had an answer.
The Crusader’s answer this time was a three run third which all but crippled the Cavaliers. NGU scored three runs on three hits and a Montreat error. Tyler Callicutt inflicted the most damage with a two out double which scored David Frazier and Adam Taylor.
NGU would add to their three run lead in the fourth inning with a two run triple which scored Derek Fulmer and Anthony Foulk. Frazier finished the day 2-4 with 4 runs batted in and a run scored. NGU would score one more run in the fifth to secure their 31st win of the season.
With the 2011 regular season in the books, NGU will look toward their National Championship defense which starts on May 9th, in West Palm Beach Florida for the NCCAA South Regional tournament. If the Crusaders win the regional, they will advance to the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio.