Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team opened the 2012 season in style on Tuesday afternoon, charging past the Lions of Mars Hill College 10-3, winning its opener for the third season in a row.
Drew Provence picked up his first win of the season, pitching 6 innings, giving three earned runs on 7 hits and striking out 4. Freshman Marlin Morris made his collegiate debut pitching 2 innings striking out two batters, and allowing two hits. Senior Nate Richards closed the day out for the Crusaders pitching the ninth inning, retiring all three batters.
The Crusaders struck first in the first inning, scoring four runs on 3 hits. Freshman Allen Staton picked up his first career hit and first career RBI in the first inning, on a line drive single to center field.
Mars Hill scored a run in the second inning, and two in the third to pull to within one of North Greenville. Allen Staton once again came through for NGU in the fourth leading the inning off with a standup double. The Crusaders would go on to score three runs in the fourth, and three in sixth.
The NGU lineup was solid from top to bottom today. All but one starter registered a hit for the Crusaders. Allen Staton and Markus Duckworth both registered two hits. Duckworth reached base twice on bunt singles, including a bunt single to lead off the game, and scored 3 runs. Adam Taylor, Derek Fulmer, and Andrew Lawrence all tallied one hit and two RBI’s, while Fulmer scored twice.
The Crusaders have little time to rest. They will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, with a 2pm matchup with Emmanuel College, of Franklin Springs, Georgia.