CRUSADERS POWER PAST SOUTHERN WESLEYAN
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
CRUSADERS POWER PAST SOUTHERN WESLEYAN
DAVID FRAZIER'S FIRST INNING GRAND SLAM SET THE TONE FOR NGU

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team extended its winning streak to 4 games Wednesday afternoon, powering past the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University 20-5 in midweek baseball action at Ashmore Field.

The Crusaders turned in their best offensive performance of the season Tuesday, cashing in 20 runs on 18 hits, including a 1st inning grand slam from David Frazier, and a two run blast from Adam Taylor in the 6th.

On the mound, Griffin Spires collected his second win in as many starts allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, in 6 innings of work. Spires allowed two free passes but struck out four.

The Crusaders set the furious pace for Wednesday’s game when David Frazier dinged a towering grand slam over the right field fence. It was Frazier’s second homer of the season, and it gave the Crusaders a quick 4-0 lead. Marcus Duckworth would collect his only RBI of the game later in the inning on a single up the middle, scoring Allen Staton from 3rd.

The Crusaders added another big inning in the 2nd, scoring six runs on three hits. North Greenville tallied a hit in 7 of 9 innings Wednesday, while piling on 1 run in the 4th, 3 in the 6th, including Adam Taylor’s two run shot, his second of the season, and 5 runs in the 8th.

North Greenville is now 8-0 against Southern Wesleyan, dating back to 2010. Leading the offensive charge for NGU was Andrew Lawrence. At the plate, Lawrence was 3for4 with a walk and two runs scored with an RBI for the Crusaders. Allen Staton, NGU’s freshman second baseman once again handed in a solid performance at the dish, going 3for5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

DH Frank Polino also posted a multi-hit game going 2for4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, along with Taylor Hollifield who was 2for5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The 20 runs and 18 hits is the best output this season for the Crusaders, heading into their second weekend series of the season, against Montreat. The Crusaders and Cavaliers are scheduled for a Saturday double-header in Montreat, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 12pm.