Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Greenville, Tenn.- The North Greenville baseball team picked up a resume’ enhancing win on Tuesday night, beating the #12 ranked Tusculum Pioneers 11-10 in 10 innings.

Four North Greenville combined to lead NGU to the win. Allen Staton got his first start of the season and pitched 5 innings, giving up 5 runs. Nate Richards, Griffin Spires, and Andrew Lawrence all made relief appearances. Lawrence got credit for the win, his first of the season.

North Greenville jumped ahead in the first inning taking a 1-0 lead, but the Pioneers quickly snatched away the advantage scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first. The Pioneers scored all 3 runs on just 1 hit.

North Greenville answered in the top of the 2nd scoring 1 run on 1 hit. Dylan Fulk cut the Pioneer lead to 3-2 after scoring on a Tusuclum error. In his only start of the season, Fulk scored two runs and was 3-4 from the plate with an RBI.

Tusculum scored again in the bottom of the second to take a 4-2 lead, but North Greenville once again responded in the next inning scoring 2 evening the tally. The Crusaders nabbed a 5-4 lead in the top of the 5th when Allen Staton scored on a Taylor Hollifield RBI Single. NGU tacked on two more runs in the 8th to make the score 7-4.

NGU added 3 runs in the 8th inning, and held a 10-8 advantage heading to the bottom of the last inning. NGU was poised to take the win in the final inning, but Tusculum extended the game after scoring 2 runs without a base hit. The Pioneers scored 1 run on a bases loaded hit by pitch, and a second on a bases loaded walk. The Crusaders avoided any more damage with a key bases loaded 6-4-3 double play that ended the inning.

NGU scored the would be winning run in the top of the 10th inning. Dylan Fulk, started the 1 run rally with a leadoff single. Fulk would come around to score on North Greenville’s 15th hit of the game. The Winning RBI came on Adam Taylor’s only hit of the day. Taylor also scored a run.

The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the 10th, but NGU turned its second key double play of the game with 1 out, to end the threat, and the game.

For the second straight game, the Crusaders pounded out double digit hits. On Tuesday, Derek Fulmer accounted for almost 1/3 of NGU’s base knocks, after going 4-7 from the dish. Fulmer scored 3 runs and knocked in 1 run. Andrew Lawrence also accounted for multiple hits after going 2-4 from the plate with an RBI and 2 runs score.

The Crusaders are now 13-6 on the season.