Misenheimer, N.C. - North Greenville earned its fourth Conference Carolinas sweep of the season on Saturday with 6-4 and 10-8 wins over Pfeiffer University.
The Crusaders trailed 2-1 until the fifth inning of Saturday's opener. Andrew Frazier evened the score at 2-2 with an RBI single while base knocks by Shaquille Rolle and Jae Roberts put NGU up 4-2.
Foley George added another run to NGU's tally in the sixth inning with a solo homerun while a wild pitch would score Rolle in the seven to extend the lead to 6-2. Rolle reached base on a leadoff triple to open the seventh.
NGU weathered a late rally from the Falcons in the bottom of the seventh as a two-run homer cut North Greenville's lead to two. The next Pfeiffer batter would walk but consecutive pop-outs would end the threat and earn NGU the series win.
Hunter Dilworth earned the complete game win, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out four and walked just one. Mitchell Painter led the Crusaders at the plate with a 3-3 performance with an RBI and a run scored. Rolle and Frazier were both 2-3.
The Crusaders matched a pair of one run Pfeiffer first and third innings with a couple of two run frames to gain an early 4-2 edge. NGU used a two run homer in each of the early innings to take the lead as Foley George and Nathaniel Maggio delivered North Greenville's second and third homers of the day.
The Crusaders added an unearned run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth on RBI from Josh Black, Maggio and George to take an 8-5 lead. The Falcons had evened the score at 5-5 with a three run bottom of the fifth before NGU regained the lead in the sixth inning.
The Crusaders added two more runs in the eighth inning on Maggio's second two run blast of the game. His 15th blast of the season scored David Houser who reached on a single and gave North Greenville a 10-5 lead.
Maggio's homer proved large as the Falcons once again put together a rally in the last inning. Three runs scored on four hits for Pfeiffer, pulled the Falcons to within two of North Greenville. John Leopard would clean up the mess for NGU earning his seventh save of the season and preserving the three game sweep.
The heart of NGU's order finished the game with a combined nine hits as Houser, Maggio, and George delivered three hits each. Maggio led all players with five RBI while scoring three runs. Houser scored four times while George delivered two RBI and a run scored.
The Crusaders improved to 14-1 in Conference Carolinas and 24-9 overall. NGU will host Brevard College on March 29th at 7pm.