Burlington, N.C.-- Foley George was 3-4 with a run scored while Michael Bonifay pitched five scoreless innings as North Greenville eliminated King University from the Conference Carolinas tournament with an 8-6 win in the second round.
King took a 4-1 lead after two and half innings but a two run third pulled NGU to within one. Jae Roberts smashed his third home run of the tournament while Tony Davila singled in a run to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Tornado.
The Crusaders would tie the game in the fourth inning on an RBI sacrifice bunt from Josh Black. Shaquille Rolle would score on the play to even the tally at 4-4. NGU would plate three more runs in the fifth to go ahead 7-4. Foley George crossed on a throwing error while Rolle would account for an RBI with a sacrifice fly to give NGU a 6-4 lead. Drew Lipscomb would come around to score on a while pitch to give NGU a three run cushion.
The Crusaders added insurance in the seventh inning on Wheeler Smith's sacrifice fly to extend the advantage to 8-4. Two runs in the top of the ninth would come across for the Tornado but Adam Boghosian cut the comeback short with two consecutive outs to extend NGU's stay in the winners bracket.
Josh Black, Allen Staton, and Shaquille Rolle had two hits for North Greenville. Rolle led all players with two runs scored. North Greenville finished with 13 hits as a team. Bonifay earned the win for the Crusaders, improving his record to 6-3 while striking out four batters.
North Greenville will play the winner of Pfeiffer and Erskine tomorrow morning at 11am. NGU needs just one more win to advance to the championship series.