Mason, Oh. – The North Greenville baseball team fell in the first game of the NCCAA World Series Championship series today 4-2. The Crusaders locked up their spot in the three game series earlier in the day with an 11-2 win over King College.
The win over king was an offensive showcase as the Crusaders unleashed a frenzy of base hits while scoring early and often. NGU put a four spot in the first inning on four hits and one King error. The Crusaders added insurance in the third (2 runs), fourth (2 runs), and fifth (3 runs).
King finally dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs on three hits. The Tornado were aided by one North Greenville error. While North Greenville’s offense was impressive, the real story of the day was the performance of starting pitcher Sean Willingham. Willingham, who had just two starts on the year, pitched five innings giving up two runs on seven hits. He had only allowed one hit until the fifth.
NGU’s first and only hiccup of the World Series thus far came in the first game of the three game championship series. Oklahoma Wesleyan jumped out to an early two run lead in the second inning. North Greenville platted a run in the fourth inning cutting the Oklahoma lead to three. The Crusaders cut the lead in half in the in the sixth inning with their second run of the game. NGU headed to the bottom of the seventh looking for some comeback magic but fell in order.
The Crusaders and Oklahoma Wesleyan will square off again tomorrow. North Greenville must win the 11am matchup in order to force a winner take all third game.