Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville split a double dip with
Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon losing game 1 4-2 follwed by a 10-3 win over
the other Crusaders in Conference Carolinas. NGU’s record after Saturday’s
games comes to 22-14 overall and 11-6 in conference. Belmont Abbey claimed sole
possession of first place in the west after improving to 15-5 with the series
win over North Greenville.
Game 1 on Saturday was knotted at 1 until the 3rd inning when Abbey broke the tie with a single run in the top half of the frame. North Greenville answered in the bottom of the 3rd with two runs from Markus Duckworth’s two run home run. The Crusaders clung to the 1 run lead until the 6th inning when Belmont Abbey plated 3 runs on 3 hits. NGU was held scoreless for the remaining 2 innings giving Abbey the 2 run triumph.
In game 2, North Greenville jumped out to a quick 2 run lead, scoring a run in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Crusaders finally let lose in the 5th scoring 5 runs on 4 hits. Derek Fulmer doubled in 2 runs for NGU while Andrew Lawrence’s 2nd home run of the season platted 2 as well. Allen Staton picked up the 5th RBI of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Abbey cut North Greenville’s lead to 7-3 in the top of the 6th scoring 3 runs on 3 hits. The Crusaders stranded 2 runners in the inning.
Adam Taylor added an ensurance run in the bottom of the 6th with his 26th RBI of the season and Markus Duckworth added an RBI in the 7th to extend NGU’s lead. North Greenville’s 10th run came on a Belmont Abbey error, which scored Frank Polino from third. The Crusaders would shut out Abbey in the late innings to pickup up the 10-3 decisison.
The Crusaders will take a couple days off before returning to the diamond on April 4th for a midweek matchup with Lander University. On Friday, NGU will travel to Barton College in North Carolina to take on Barton in a Conference Carolinas showdown. Wednesday’s tilt with Lander will start at 5pm.