Monday, March 16, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team fell to 13-13 overall on the season and 7-5 in Conference Carolinas play after dropping the rubber game of a three game set with Belmont Abbey 10-1, Monday night at Ashmore field.

The Crusaders had just four hits in Monday night's loss to the other Crusaders of the Conference Carolinas, while BAC finished the game with 11 base knocks. Belmont Abbey used two back-to-back big innings to take a seven run lead over the Crusaders. BAC scored four runs in each of the third and fourth frames while NGU scored one on a ground out that scored Allen Staton from third base. Staton reached on a leadoff triple.

Belmont lengthened its lead over NGU in fifth scoring one run on two hits and again in the sixth on a solo homerun to extend the lead to 10-1. The Crusaders lacked the answers at the plate, leaving three runners on base after stranding two in the fifth and one in the sixth. NGU would fail to reach base in the final three innings as the Belmont Pitching staff held NGU hitless after the sixth inning.

Staton was 2-4 with the only run for North Greenville while Drew Lipscomb and Wheeler Smith had NGU's other two hits. Jessep Polk earned NGU's only RBI of the day. Ryne Frankoff took the loss for NGU on the mound after giving up three runs on three hits. He was pulled in the second inning.

North Greenville will travel to Tusculum College on March 17th before returning home for a 4pm game with Young Harris on March 18th. Both first pitches are scheduled for 4pm.