Tigerville, S.C.—The Crusaders scored nine runs in the home half of the seventh inning on three hits on the way to a 13-9 win over visiting Benedict College, on Tuesday afternoon in Tigerville.
The Crusaders trailed the Tigers 5-4 heading into the seventh, but NGU batted around in the seventh inning to regain the edge. Chuck Lawing got the rally started with a leadoff walk, coming around to score later on a bases loaded wild pitch. Lawing later provided one of three this in the inning with a RBI single that scored Wheeler Smith and Allan Staton.
The big inning would be enough to push NGU over the top after relinquishing earlier in the game. NGU, which once led 3-1, would fall behind after a three run homer from David White put the Tigers up 4-3. Benedict would later take a 5-3 lead after plating another run in the sixth inning after a double-steal scored a run on a throw to second base. North Greenville would cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth on a Josh Black double that scored Hunter Dilworth.
Benedict tried once more to work its way back in front of NGU, in the ninth inning after a scoreless eight. A grand slam with no outs would pull the Tigers within four of the Crusaders. NGU would clamp down after the four run blast however, as reliever Nate "Beans" Lagos delivered three consecutive outs, including his first collegiate strikeout to end the threat and the game.
Allen Staton continued to make his case for an All-American selection Tuesday, going 3-4 at the dish with two runs scored and an RBI. Wheeler Smith had three RBI for the Crusaders with a hit, while Josh Black was 2-4 with two runs and two RBI. Lawing was 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
The Crusaders earned their second win in a row after the win over the Tigers, improving to 2-3 on the season. The Crusaders will continue a busy week tomorrow, as they travel to Anderson to take on Anderson University at 2pm.