Saturday, March 17, 2012

MISENHEIMER, N.C.- The North Greenville baseball team wrapped up a weekend series Saturday splitting a conference double header with Pfeiffer. The Falcons got the better of the Crusaders in game 1, scoring their second walk-off win in as many games with a 3-2 win. The Crusaders bounced back in game two scoring a 13-5 win over the Falcons.

The Falcons claimed the series after the game 1 triumph over North Greenville. It is NGU’s first conference series loss this season.

The Crusaders did most of their damage in the first inning, scoring 2 runs on 3 hits. Andrew Lawrence broke the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly scoring Derek Fulmer from 3rd base. Frank Polino also tallied his 9th RBI of the season, scoring David Frazier on an RBI single, increasing NGU’s lead to 2-0.

Pfeiffer broke out the bats in the seventh inning scoring 2 runs on 3 hits, evening the score at 2-2. Both teams were held scoreless in the 8th inning, and the Crusaders failed to score in their half of the 9th as the scored remained 2-2 heading to the bottom half of the last inning. Pfeiffer, which scored a walk-off win just a day ago, looked to pull out a late inning win again. The Falcons would take the win with a 2 out walk-off single.

Marlin Morris took the loss for the Crusaders, after pitching a complete game. Morris allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 12 batters.

In game two, the Crusaders let loose. North Greenville broke out of a 4 game slump, scoring 13 runs in 7 innings, pounding out 16 hits en route to the 13-5 win. Markus Duckworth, Fulmer, and Adam Taylor bumped their averages with three base hits each. Frazier, Allen Staton and Lawrence had two hits a piece, while Taylor Hollifield led the Crusaders with 4 RBI, 3 of which came on a 3-run blast in the 5th.

Ryan Woodring got the win for NGU, after going 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 7 hits. Woodring struck out 2 and walked 3.

The Crusaders are now 17-10 on the season and 9-3 in Conference Carolinas play.