Greenwood, S.C.—North Greenville fell to 23-15 on Wednesday evening after falling to Lander University 7-5 in mid-week baseball action.
The Crusaders led for a majority of Wednesday nights meeting at Donly Stadium, but Lander put together a 3 run rally in the 8th inning to take the second meeting between the two squads.
The Crusaders nabbed an early lead in the 1st after a solo home run from Markus Duckworth. NGU added to the lead in the 3rd inning after Derek Fulmer’s 2 run blast put North Greenville ahead 3-0. It was Fulmers 6th home run of the season and his team leading 40th and 41st RBI’s.
The 9th ranked Bearcats clawed their way back into the game in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs on two hits. The 2 run frame for Lander cut North Greenville’s lead to 3-2.
The Crusaders reclaimed a comfortable 3 run lead in the top of the 4th. Allen Staton started the two run rally with a leadoff single and would later score from third on Frank Polino’s groundout to shortstop. Markus Duckworth picked up his second RBI of the day with a single, which scored Andrew Lawrence.
Not to be outdone, the Bearcats answered with a 2 run 4th of their own. The Cats scored 2 runs on 2 hits, to pull to within 1 of the Crusaders. The Cats stranded a runner in the bottom of the 4th.
The bats remained quiet until the 8th inning when Lander struck for 3 runs, taking a 7-5 lead. Nate Richards who was made his team leading 21st appearance of the season, retired the first batter in the 8th, but the Bearcats strung together three straight 1 out singles a double to take their first lead of the game.
The Crusaders fell short in the 9th inning after a leadoff hit from Frank Polino, leaving a runner stranded as the bearcats retired the next 3 hitters. Markus Duckworth led the way for NGU on Wednesday, going 2-5 from the plate with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Duckworth solo home run in the 1st was his 3rd of the season. Adam Taylor was 1-4 with a run scored for the Crusaders and Derek Fulmer was 1-3 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.The Crusaders will return to the field on Friday afternoon as they open up a 3 game series with Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.