Tigerville, S.C.—The NGU Baseball team clinched a crucial series win over the Pfeiffer Falcons on Saturday splitting a double header in a 5-4 win and a 10-3 loss.
North Greenville's biggest weapon in the opener on Saturday was the long ball. The Crusaders scored four of their five runs on homers, including a two run blast from Jae Roberts in the first. Taylor McCuen smashed his second of the year in the fourth to pull NGU to within 4-3 while a solo blast from Foley George in the bottom of the sixth evened the score at four.
North Greenville's only run of the game not scored on a homerun came in the bottom of the sixth as Shaquille Rolle lashed a line drive into right center field to score the go ahead run as Josh Black trotted home from third base. Black reached earlier in the inning on his only hit of the day.
Adam Boghosian would pick up his 10th save of the season while Michael Bonifay picked up his fifth win of the season. All nine of NGU's starters had at least one hit in game led by Drew Lipscomb who was 2-3 with a run scored. Jae Roberts led the team with two RBI.
Pfeiffer would recover in game two and jump out to a four run lead after the first inning. Three more runs in the fourth would end the day for starter Caleb Henley after the Falcons cruised to 7-0 lead. The Falcons would take a 10-0 lead before the Crusaders dented the scoreboard. NGU scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth but Pfeiffer starter Tyler Lequire would earn the complete game win after allowing three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts.
Foley George had two hist for NGU, while Jake Smith, Tony Davila, and Mitchell Painter all earned base hit RBI for NGU as pinch hitters. Josh Sealey also earned a pinch hit base knock and scored a run for North Greenville which is now 12-9 in league play.
North Greenville moved to 22-8 overall after the 2-1 series win over the third place Falcons. The Crusaders will travel to Mars Hill University on Tuesday afternoon for a 3pm first pitch with the Lions of the South Atlantic Conference.