Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brevard, N.C.—A late inning rally lifted Brevard College past North Greenville Tuesday afternoon as the Tornadoes won a 7-6 decision over the Crusaders in the only meeting between the two squads scheduled for this season.

The Crusaders controlled the momentum for most the game and carried a 6-5 lead into the 8th inning. NGU jumped on top in the first inning after Adam Taylor scored Markus Duckworth on an RBI groundout to first base. The Tornadoes evened the tally at 1 in the 2nd inning.

The Crusaders regained the advantage in the 4th inning on Allen Staton’s two run blast, scoring David Frazier pushed the count to 3-1, in favor of NGU. It was Staton’s 3rd home run of the season and his 36th and 37th RBI.

Not to be outdone, the Tornadoes answered NGU’s 2 run 4th with 3 runs of their own. The Tornadoes scored 3 runs on 3 hits, and were aided by an NGU error. The 3 run 4th gave Brevard its first lead of the game, a 4-3 advantage.

NGU nabbed its original advantage in the 6th inning. Frank Polion’s 2 out singled platted Derek Fulmer and David Frazier, and gave the Crusaders a 5-4 lead. Polino finished the day 1-4 with 2 RBI. North Greenville added to its lead in the 7th inning after holding Brevard scoreless in the 8th. Markus Duckworth, who was 2-3 on the day with a double and 2 runs scored, once again took advantage of an Adam Taylor RBI groundout, to give NGU a 6-4 lead.

The Tornadoes saved their best for the final 3 innings play however. Brevard tied pulled to within 1 after scoring a solo run in the 7th. With the score 6-5, Brevards Champ Stewart tied the game with a solo shot to center field. Brevard would later receive an RBI single from Tarron Robinson giving the Tornadoes a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 8th.

The Crusaders would threaten in the 9th, but stranded runners on the corners, as Brevard pitched out of the jam to take the midweek victory. North Greenville fell to 25-17 on the season after Tuesday loss, but remain at 14-7 in conference. The Crusaders will get 3 days of rest before heading to Mount Olive for a crucial Conference Carolinas matchup with the league leading Trojans.