SOLID PITCHING AND CLUTCH HITTING CARRIES CRUSADERS TO SERIES SWEEP
Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville offense picked up timely hits, and three pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, as the Crusaders defeated the St. Andrews Knights 5-1 and 4-0, to sweep a three game set, and improve to 3-0 in conference play.
Sophomore Ryan Woodring earned the game 1 win, pitching 7 scoreless innings. Woodring struck out a season high 9 batters, and carried a no hitter into the 7th inning. Woodring held the Knights scoreless until the 8th, when a two out single platted the only run for the St. Andrews.
North Greenville wasted little time breaking the scoreless tie, scoring a run in the first inning. The Crusaders tacked on insurance runs in the 2nd and 8th innings. Griffin Spires entered the game in the 9th to close out the Knights in his second appearance in the three game series.
Once again in game two, pitching took center stage for NGU. Taking the mound for his second start of the season, freshman Marlin Morris turned in a performance to remember, no hitting the Knights until the final inning. Morris struck out eight batters on the day, and gave up just 1 hit.
Morris was solid, despite a lack of run support from the Crusaders at the plate. NGU scored an un-earned run in the fourth inning, but the St. Andrews pitching kept the Crusaders off balance for most of the day. North Greenville finally broke through in the 8th inning, cashing in 3 runs on 3 hits. Defensively however, the Crusaders were solid and squashed any hope of the Knights scoring in game two.
David Frazier led the Crusaders at the plate today, going a combined 3-7 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Frazier tripled in the 8th inning of game 1, leading to an NGU run. North Greenville is now 10-3 on the season, after sweeping its first ever Conference Carolinas series, as a league member. North Greenville’s pitching staff allowed just 10 hits in three games, and allowed just three runs.