Greenville, S.C. - Nathaniel Maggio's record breaking home run capped a big night for the North Greenville baseball team which downed Anderson University 13-1, Thursday at Fluor Field.
Maggio's third inning homer against Anderson was his 12th of the season, breaking NGU's single season home run record. He finished the night 3-4 with a team leading five RBI and three runs scored. Foley George also finished 3-4 with two RBI. Tony Davila was NGU's other multi-hit performer going 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Thursday night's rematch was a pitchers duel until the third inning when NGU's bats woke up. Shaquille Rolle got things started with a single, advancing to third later in the inning on a stole base. Rolle would score on an Anderson error to make the score 1-0. Jae Roberts would come around to score on a David Houser single later in the inning. Maggio's homer would score Houser to extend NGU's lead to 4-0.
North Greenville would put up a pair of four-spots in the fifth and sixth innings. Roberts would pickup an RBI in the sixth inning with a double while a Maggio double to left field would score David Houser once again, giving NGU a 6-0 advantage. Foley George would pickup his RBI with a base hit while Tony Davila's RBI to left field would plate George who advanced to third on an errant throw after stealing second.
Maggio's fourth and fifth RBI would come in the sixth as his RBI single scored Roberts and Frazier. Foley George's right field liner would plate pinch runner Collins Robinson while a bases loaded walk to Rolle would plate one more run to give NGU a commanding 12-0 lead.
The Crusaders and Trojans would trade runs in the eighth inning, NGU's run coming on a Brandon Odachowski single to left field. North Greenville reliever Kellen McCoy would close out the Trojans in the 9th to earn NGU its 18th win of the season.
Four pitchers combined to allow just one run on nine hits for the Trojans. The Crusaders struck out eight, led by Blake Hamilton and McCoy who struck out three each.
The Crusaders will head to Bristol, Tennessee on Friday afternoon for a Conference Carolinas faceoff with King University. Friday's games will start at 1pm. The Crusaders and Tornado will play a Friday double-header due to possible inclement weather on Saturday.