Saturday, March 10, 2012
Tigerville, S.C.— North Greenville pounded out 27 hits including four homeruns en route to a double header sweep of the Limestone Saints. The Crusaders won game one 9-4 followed by a 12-3 win in game two. The Crusaders are now 16-6 overall and 8-1 in conference after the three-game sweep of the Saints. 

Limestone took a quick 1-0 lead in Saturday’s opener as the Saints got a leadoff single from Michael Hughey who later came around score. NGU escaped further damage in the opening frame. The Crusaders would go scoreless in the bottom of the first but evened the score at 1-1 in the second. Derek Fulmer would come around to score on a safety squeeze after leading the inning off with a double. Andrew Lawrence was credited with the RBI. 

The Saints and Crusaders headed into the bottom of the third inning tied at 1, after Limestone failed to plate a run. NGU would not be so silent. The Crusaders platted 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, 2 of which scored on a 2 run blast from David Frazier. It was Frazier’s 3rd homerun of the season. 

The Saints bounced back in the fourth and cut NGU’s lead to 4-3. The Saints collected on a 2 run homerun from Zack Howard but failed to tie the game, after leaving a runner on. NGU picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Adam Taylor picked up the RBI as his single to right field scored Markus Duckworth from second base. 

Limestone would again cut the Crusader lead to 1 run after scoring in the top of the 5th. The Crusaders headed to the plate in the bottom of the 6th with a 1 run lead and the game still in doubt, but with bases loaded, Fulmer ended the suspense with a  missile shot grand slam to give NGU a 9-4 lead. Nate Richards would close the game out for NGU.
Ryan Woodring, who started for NGU, pitched 6.2 innings striking out 7 batters. He was charged with 4 runs on 4 hits. Offensively, the Crusaders pounded out 12 hits, including 2 homeruns. Fulmer had a banner day for NGU, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. Frazier was also solid going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. 

In game 2, the Crusaders made an early statement. After holding Limestone scoreless in the first inning, the Crusaders busted the scoreless tie with a 3 run opening frame. NGU’s first run was platted by Duckworth, scored on a Taylor sacrifice fly. In steps Fulmer, who launched his second home run of the day, this time a two-run blast which gave the Crusaders a 3-0 advantage. 

Both teams were quite until the 5th inning when Limestone finally broke through, scoring 1 run on 1 hit. The Saints were aided by an NGU error. NGU was up to the task however, after the Saints cut NGU’s lead to 2, Taylor cleared the bases with three=run homer, giving NGU a 4 run lead. The Crusaders would go on to score runs in the 6th (1 run), 7th (3 runs), and 1 in the 8th. The Saints scored a run in the 9th, but fell way short of a comeback. 

Marlin Morris took the win for North Greenville, improving his record to 4-0 on the season. Morris was almost unhittable striking out 9 batters. He allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits. The Crusaders continued swinging a hot bat in game two, tallying 15 hits 35 plate appearances. Five of the 9 starters for NGU had multiple hits. Fulmer once again led NGU going 2-for-4 with a homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Taylor was 1-for-3 with a home run with 4 RBI and a run scored.