Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Greenville, S.C.—The winningest senior class in NGU baseball history wrapped up a storied four years at North Greenville University on Tuesday night with an 8-5 loss to Limestone College at Fluor Field in Greenville.

The class of 2012 seniors finished as the winningest team in North Greenville history with 123 wins in 4 years. They won the programs first ever National Championship in 2010 and were runners up in the 2011 NCCAA World Series. Before the 2010 season, no NGU baseball team had ever advanced to a regional tournament.

On Tuesday night, senior ace Drew Provence took the mound in his last appearance as a Crusader. On short rest, Provence pitched 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 4 batters and walked the same. He will wrap up his career at NGU as the all-time leader in wins as a starter with 28, and ERA with a career mark of 3.48.

The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead against limestone in the top of the 1st inning, with 2 run on 3 hits. Senior David Frazier and Derek Fulmer provided the fire works for NGU with RBI’s. Fulmer, who came a matter of feet from a home run blasted a triple off of the center field wall which scored 1. Fulmer would later score on Frazier’s line drive single to center.

In the fourth inning another senior, Anthony Foulk connected with a 2-2 fastball and sent it into the left field gap scoring Andrew Lawrence from 2nd base. The following inning, Markus Duckworth scored the games 4th run on a single from Allen Staton. The Crusaders led 4-0 headed into the bottom of the 5th when Limestone tied the game. A leadoff double for the Saints started a rally in which they would score 4 runs on 4 hits. 

The Saints would go on to score 4 more runs in the 8th inning to take an 8-4 lead into the final frame. With 1 out, 2nd baseman Taylor Hollifield inched the Crusaders closer with a monster homerun over the “Green Monster” in left field, which pull North Greenville to within 3. The Crusaders hung around after a 2 out double from Frank Polino but the Saints secured their only win of the season over North Greenville with a groundout to short.

The Crusaders finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 28-16 and a conference mark of 14-13.