Tigerville, S.C.—Drew Provence held Limestone to 1 hit through 9 innings, and Logan Craig collected his first RBI in his first collegiate at bat, leading NGU to a 1-0 win over Conference Carolinas rival Limestone College in the opening game of a 3 game set.
Provence picked up his 4th win of the season after his first shutout performance. Provence struck out 4 batters and allowed four walks. He allowed just three base runners through 9 innings and retired 9 batters in a row from the 6th inning on.
Limestone starter Josh White was also solid for the Saints after pitching 8 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out two. White made his exit in the bottom of the 9th with two outs after two NGU batters reached.
North Greenville’s best chance to take the lead was in the 7th inning after Derek Fulmer tripled down the left field line with one out but the Crusaders were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. North Greenville once again had runners in scoring position in the 8th but two consecutive groundouts ended the threat.
The game looked to be heading into extra innings after Limestone picked up two quick outs in the bottom of the 9th. NGU’s rally started after Fulmer reached on a Limestone fielding error. Fulmer advanced to second after a David Frazier single, and to third on Allen Staton’s base on balls. With two outs and bases loaded, Craig stepped to the plate, and with two strikes, took a bruise to the right elbow, scoring the winning run.
The win over the Saints moves North Greenville to 6-1 in conference play and 14-6 overall. NGU currently resides in first place in the West Division.