Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville earned its second series win of the season on Saturday following a Saturday sweep of Emmanuel College by scores of 5-0 and 8-3.
The Crusaders scattered five runs around three separate innings in game one, riding the bats of David Houser and Foley George. Houser finished 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI while George was a perfect 3-3 with an RBI.
NGU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI from Houser whose single back up the middle scored Bennette Hill. Houser would later score on a Balk. The Crusaders would take a 3-0 in the third following an RBI single from George which scored Houser who reached earlier in the inning on his second hit of the game.
Houser would set the table for NGU's two-run fifth inning as his leadoff double got the inning started. Mitchell Painter would get credit for an RBI in the inning while Nathaniel Maggio's run would extend NGU's lead to 5-0.
Ethan Garner earned the win for NGU on the mound as he turned in his first complete game of the season. Garner pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just four hits while striking out two.
North Greenville's offense continued to produce solid numbers in the final game of the series. Houser turned in another 3-4 performance at the dish with three RBI and two runs scored while Jessep Polk was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The Crusaders finished with eight hits.
NGU once again set the tone with a two run first inning. Houser would register an RBI in the inning with his second double of the day, which scored Andrew Frazier. Foley George also platted a run with an RBI single.
A two run second frame for the Lions evened the game two score at 2-2 as Emmanuel used two hits to plate its first runs of the day. North Greenville answered with a two run homer from David Houser in the third inning to give NGU a 4-2 lead.
The Crusaders scratched across two more runs in the sixth inning and one more in the eighth inning. Emmanuel scored once more in the eighth but stranded three as Tyler Mitchell worked around a bases loaded jam.
Blake Hamilton would get the game two win for NGU after allowing two runs in four innings pitched. His win secured NGU's first three-game sweep of the season.
The Crusaders improved to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in Conference Carolinas play. NGU will host Montreat College on Monday night at 6pm at Ashmore Field.