Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gaffney, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team dropped a three game league set to Limestone College after splitting a double-header with the Saints on Saturday afternoon. NGU took a game one 7-3 win first, but dropped a 5-2 decision in the series rubber game.

The Crusaders bounced back after a loss in the opening game of the series to even it a 1-1. Jae Roberts delivered the game's first RBI in the opening frame with an RBI single while Allen Staton also crossed the plate to give NGU a 2-0 lead. The Saints scored a run in the frame as well to cut the North Greenville lead in half.

Allen Staton would deliver in the second inning with a bases clearing triple. Drew Lipscomb, Josh Black, and Shaqquille Rolle would all come around to score, giving NGU a 5-1 lead. Another run in the third inning on an RBI from Rolle would extend the lead to 6-1. Limestone would inch closer in the home half of the third after scoring two runs with the help of an NGU error. The NGU pitching staff would limit the damage however as Limestone left three runners on base while the score held at 6-3.

NGU would add some insurance in the sixth as Lipscomb would score on Limestone's fourth error of the game. Reliever Matt Laurens would wrap up three innings of scoreless relief as the Saints were shut down in the sixth and seventh innings, earning him his first save of the season and securing Ryne Frankoff's first win as a starter.

Jae Roberts led NGU in the hit column in game one going 2-3 with an RBI while Allen Staton led all players with 3 RBI after going 1-3 with a triple. Drew Lipscomb led the Crusaders with three runs scored.

Game Two

Limestone would strike first in game two with a run in the first inning. An RBI single would give Limestone a 1-0 lead very early in the second game, its first lead of the day. NGU would tie the score at 1-1 in the third inning as Allen Staton scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk to lead off the inning. Staton stole two bases to get into scoring position before scratching across NGU's first run of the game.

The Saints would score one in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead before the Crusaders answered in the sixth to tie the game for a second time. Rolle would score for North Greenville to even the score at 2-2, answering an RBI single from Limestone in the fifth.

A three run sixth inning by Limestone would come back to haunt the Crusaders though, as the NGU struggled to score in the final three innings of paly. The Crusaders would three on base in the final three innings as the Saints would go on to earn the 2-1 series win.

Wheeler Smith and Josh Black had two hits for NGU in game two after a pair of 2-4 performances. Shaq Rolle was 1-1 with a run and pair of hit by pitches while Drew Lipscomb finished 1-4 with an RBI. NGU will be back in action on March 25th when the Crusaders play host to Brevard College at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm at the home of the Greenville Drive.