Saturday, May 21, 2011

Game Two Stats
Mason, Oh. – The North Greenville Crusaders fell short in their bid for a second straight national championship on Saturday falling to Oklahoma Wesleyan 4-1 in the rubber game of the championship series. The Crusaders forced a winner take all game three earlier in the day with 11-4 win over the Eagles.

The Crusaders looked poised early in game one and took a three run lead in the first inning. NGU held the three run lead until bottom of the fourth when OW tied the game scoring three runs on just one hit. The eagles were aided by three North Greenville errors. North Greenville regained the advantage in the sixth inning with a five run outburst.
North Greenville added three insurance runs in the seventh which helped ensure a winner take all third game.

In game two the Crusaders stuck to the script striking first with a Derek Fulmer RBI single. But on this day the Crusaders could not muster enough offense. Oklahoma held the Crusaders to just one run on seven hits.  The Eagles tied the bottom of the first inning scoring a single run on an NGU error. Oklahoma Wesleyan would go on to score one more in the second and two in the fifth to cap off their National Championship run.

The North Greenville Crusaders ended the season with 38-17 record. NGU will now look to a new phase in the programs history as it prepares for the first year on Conference Carolinas starting in February