Birmingham, AL—North Greenville and Mississippi College split a twin bill on Friday afternoon and evening as NGU took a 10-9 win in game one but dropped game two 4-2.
The Crusaders pounded out a season high 14 hits in the first game on Friday led by Tony Davilla who was 3-5 with three RBI and a run scored. NGU had four other players with two hits including Drew Lipscomb who was 2-5 with three RBI and two runs scored and Bennett Hill who was 2-3 with two runs scored. Nathaniel Maggio and Davis Houser had two hits for the Crusaders as well.
The Crusaders took a sizeable 9-3 lead after three innings after plating four runs in the second and five more in the third. Drew Lipscomb delivered the big hit in the second as his RBI single scored both Shaquille Rolle and Andrew Meadows. Davilla also delivered one of his three RBI in the frame with a sacrifice fly while Nathaniel Maggio provided the fourth run of the inning with an RBI single.
NGU got some help from shaky pitching in the third inning as Choctaw pitching walked in a run after the Crusaders loaded the bases. Davilla provided more fireworks in the frame with another RBI single while Foley George capped the inning with a two RBI single that scored Davilla and Lipscomb. David Houser also provided run support with an RBI single that scored Bennett Hill.
Mississippi College finally got its offense going in the third inning, scoring two runs in the third to cut NGU's lead to just six runs following a one run first. Five more runs would come across in the fourth for the Choctaw's as North Greenville's lead shrunk to 9-8. The Crusaders stranded three runners in the fifth inning and failed to score during next three at bats as Mississippi College evened the game at 9-9 with a run in the seventh.
The Crusaders broke the scoreless inning streak in the ninth as Tony Davillia delivered for the third time, this time plating what would be the winning run. A single to the right side would score Rolle for the second time, earning North Greenville the 10-9 win as Mississippi College would come up empty in the home half of the ninth inning.
John Leopard would get the win for NGU as he pitched the final 1.2 innings allowing just one hit while striking up two. Zack Kamerman started on the mound for NGU and pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out three. The Choctaws used three NGU errors to score four runs.
The Choctaws would get a solid performance out of their starting pitcher in game two as Blaine Crim tossed 6.1 innings and allowed just two runs on two hits. Mississippi took a 3-0 lead over NGU after plating a single run in the first inning a two in the third.
North Greenville cut the Choctaw lead to one run in the fifth inning as Eric Gilbert delivered a single to right field. The base hit scored Wheeler Smith for NGU's first run of the game. The Crusaders received some help to score their second run as Collins Robinson scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-2.
Mississippi added one more run in the bottom of the fifth as a run crossed on a sacrifice bunt. The Crusaders were kept at bay in the final two innings as MC Closer Tyler Scholl earned the save.
Robinson and Gilbert delivered NGU's only two hits in game two. Robinson finished 1-3 while Gilbert finished 1-2 with an RBI. Ethan Garner took the loss for NGU after giving up three earned runs on four hits. The Crusaders record now stands at 2-4 on season. This weekend's series with the Choctaws will wrap up tomorrow afternoon with the rubber game scheduled for 1pm at Hoover Met Stadium.