Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jupiter, Fla.—The North Greenville baseball team moved a step closer to the NCCAA World Series on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over tournament host Palm Beach Atlantic, in the opening round of the 2011 NCCAA South Regional Tournament.

Leading the charge for the Crusaders was junior right hander Drew Provence. Provence cashed in a complete game (7 Innings) giving up two runs on only four hits. He tallied seven strike outs while allowing two walks.

The Sailfish threatened to break the game open early. In the second inning, the Sailfish loaded the bases but were only able to muster one run after Provence and the NGU defense stifled the scoring threat. PBA scored one run on two hits.

PBA pitching had the Crusader offense guessing until the fourth inning when NGU broke through scoring two runs on three hits. North Greenville led the inning off with three straight singles from Adam Taylor, Derek Fulmer, and David Frazier. Tyler Callicutt tallied NGU’s first RBI with a sacrifice fly that scored Adam Taylor from third. Fulmer would later score on an Andrew Lawrence safety squeeze bunt.

The Sailfish answered in the bottom of the fourth with a run to tie the game at two which would hold until the seventh inning.

The seventh inning showed promise for NGU after Tyler Callicutt led the inning off with an infield single. Callicutt then reached third base after a Sailfish fielding error. What would be the winning RBI would come from the bat of Taylor Hollifield who lifted a fly ball to center field which scored pinch runner Will Gladden from third base.

Provence sealed the deal in the bottom of the seventh with retiring the sailfish batters in order. Offensively, Tyler Callicutt led the charge for NGU going 2-2 with an RBI. Adam Taylor and Derek Fulmer were both 1-3 with a run scored.

The win puts the Crusaders in the winner’s bracket and schedules them for a date with new rival Southeastern University. The Crusaders eliminated the Flame from the regional tournament last season as well as the national tournament. Southeastern exacted some revenge sweeping a double header in Tigerville in March. The first pitch is set for 12pm.