Mason, Oh. – The North Greenville baseball team improved to 3-0 in the NCCAA World Series on Thursday afternoon after winning a 10am matchup with Judson 4-2 followed by a 4:30 win over The Masters College 3-2.
The Crusaders stuck to their M.O. in game one jumping out to an early one run lead in the bottom of the second inning. Taylor Hollifield scored from second base on a Brian Giles single to give NGU the advantage. Judson wasted little time evening the score. The Eagles platted a run in the top half of the third inning scoring one run on two hits. North Greenville jumped ahead in the top of the third with two runs.
Adam Taylor smashed his first homerun of the post season into left center field to give the Crusaders the 1 run advantage. Derek Fulmer would later score on a Tyler Callicutt sacrifice fly. Judson added its second run of the game in top of the fourth but starting pitcher Ryan Woodring and the NGU defense would clamp down. Woodring pitched six and one third innings giving up two runs on five hits. The Crusaders added an insurance run in the fourth inning. Brian Giles was credited with the save after picking up the final two outs of the game. The Crusaders found themselves in a dogfight in game two against The Masters College.
The Crusaders once again jumped in front early scoring two runs in the first inning of play. With two runners in scoring position Derek Fulmer once again came up big with a double to centerfield scoring Adam Taylor and Anthony Foulk. The two run first inning would be the extent of the Crusaders offensive attack until the fifth inning. The Mustangs added a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at two. The Crusaders had an answer and for the second year in a row, a freshman would come up big for NGU in a tied World Series game. Last year it was Adam Taylor, this year, it was third baseman Taylor Hollifield who cracked his third homerun of the season and first in the post season to break the 3-3 tie.
Hollifield’s homerun would be all the Crusaders needed. Senior Mike Benjamin, who started game two, would shut down The Master’s in the sixth inning and Brian Giles would pick up his second save of the day to lead NGU. North Greenville’s 3-0 record will assuredly secure the Crusaders a spot in the “pool b” championship but NGU will first have to hand business tomorrow taking on King College at 1pm.