Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team picked up where it left off Saturday, sprinting past Anderson University 10-1 in a chilly Tuesday afternoon showdown with the Trojans, at Ashmore Field.

The Crusaders pounded out an impressive 16 hits, including five doubles, and a homerun off of the bat of Anthony Foulk.

On the mound for the Crusaders was Drew Provence. Provence allowed just one run in the first inning. The Trojans were able to muster just 4 hits on NGU’s ace, who pitched seven strong innings. It was Provence’s best outing of the season thus far, striking out 7 batters and allowing just one free pass. Provence is now 2-0 on the season.

Anderson’s lone run of the day came in the top of the first frame. The Crusaders answered with a bottom half in which they scored 4 runs on three hits. NGU followed up a 4 run first, with a 6 hit, 4 run second inning to extend the lead to 8-1. The Crusaders would add one more run in the third and fifth innings.

Offensively, 8 of the Crusaders 9 starters registered atleast one hit. Markus Duckworth continued his hot season at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Foulk also had his first 3-hit game of the season, and topped it off with a solo homerun in the fifth inning. Foulk accounted for two of NGU's RBI and scored two runs. Freshman Allen Staton continues to impress as well early in the season. Staton had his second multi-hit game of the season going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Frank Polino also went 2-for-4 from the plate along with Taylor Hollifield. The Crusaders improved to 5-1 on the season after Tuesday’s win. The Crusaders will renew their annual rivalry with Southern Wesleyan tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. The Crusaders have won 7 in a row over the Warriors dating back to 2010. Tuesday will be the only meeting between the two clubs this season.