Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville produced an 11 run 4th inning in game one, and Hunter Dilworth delivered a gem on the mound in game two as the Crusaders clinched a three game series with an 11-1 win in game one, and a 6-3 win in the rubber game, Saturday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
The Crusaders were down early in the 12pm matchup, as the Panthers plated a run in the third inning on three hits and an NGU error. Reliever Andrew Locklear worked around a bases loaded jam however and escaped the frame without any further damage.
NGU struggled at the plate to begin the game, claiming just one hit in the first three and a half innings before the big fourth inning. Jae Roberts kicked the inning off with a single to left field, and was thrown out the next play on a fielder's choice, but his hit sparked the NGU offense.
The Crusaders delivered six hits in the fourth frame, including RBI knocks by Allen Staton, Josh Leopard, Wheeler Smith. The big hit of the inning came from Tee McConnell who lined a triple into center field, clearing the bases scoring three runs. McConnell finished with four RBI on the day for the Crusaders.
The NGU bats stayed hot in the second game, as the Crusaders tacked on 10 more hits. NGU once again broke through in the fourth inning, scoring five runs, extending the lead to 6-0 after scoring a run in the 3rd. Josh Black delivered an RBI single to score the first run of the frame. Drew Lipscomb came up big in his second at bat of the game plating two runners with a single, while Taylor McCuen capped off the inning with a two RBI single to center field.
NGU's offense was backed by the solid performance of starting pitcher Hunter Dilworth. Dilworth pitched five innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits in those innings of work. The Panthers figured Dilworth out in the seventh inning, finally scratching a run across on a bases loaded walk. Dilworth's final line was three earned runs in six innings on five hits and three strikeouts.
Cuyler McAuliffe would pitch the final three outs for the Crusaders, wrapping up NGU's first series win of the season. The Crusaders improved to 4-5 on the season after the double-header sweep, with Conference Carolinas play just two games away.
The Crusaders got solid production from the plate on Saturday from the entire lineup. Staton finished the day with four hits and three runs, while Josh Leopard collected two hits with two runs scored and two RBI. Tee McConnell led the Crusaders with four RBI, while Tony Davila had three hits and two RBI.
North Greenville will host Tusculum College on February 17th at 4:30pm at Ashmore Field.