DEFENSE RULES AS CRUSADERS PICK UP FIRST CONFERENCE WIN
Friday, February 24, 2012
DEFENSE RULES AS CRUSADERS PICK UP FIRST CONFERENCE WIN

Tigerville, S.C.—Senior hurler Drew Provence improved to 3-0 on the season, and Nate Richards picked up his first save of 2012, as the North Greenville baseball team slugged its way to a 2-1 win over St. Andrews College. NGU’s win over the Knights was the first Conference Carolinas win in the programs history.

Provence pitched 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits, while striking out 4. Provence was once again a solid presence on the mound for the Crusaders allowing just four base runners in his 7 innings of work.

Both pitchers were solid throughout the game, but in the fourth NGU, the Crusaders broke through, scoring 2 runs on four hits. Anthony Foulk broke the scoreless tie after crossing the plate, scoring on Derek Fulmer’s sacrifice to center field. The Crusaders scored once more in the fourth inning when Allen Staton singled up the middle scoring Adam Taylor.

St. Andrews’ best chance to tie or take the lead, came in the 8th inning when the Knights had bases loaded with 1 out. The Crusaders however thwarted the Knights’ threat, gunning down two runners from the outfield. Taylor hooked up with Foulk for a force out at home for the second out of the inning after a pop fly dropped between the right fielder and second baseman. Fulmer ended the inning on his throw from left field to home, and Foulk touched the plate for the force out at home, ending the threat.

Richards closed the game for NGU, as the Knights went down in order in the top of the 9th inning. The Crusaders are now 8-3 on the season and 1-0 in league play. NGU and St. Andrews will wrap up a three game set tomorrow, with a double header, slated to start at 12pm.