The North Greenville Baseball team dropped game one of a pivotal three game series with league leaders Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C.
After three scoreless innings, North Greenville got on the board first with an RBI single from Shaq Rolle. Nathaniel Maggio walked to open the inning before Andrew Frazier singled to put runners at first and second. Rolle's single scored Maggio, but North Greenville could not force another run across.
Belmont Abbey responded in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff homerun, and the teams ended the fourth inning tied 1-1.
Belmont Abbey took a slim lead thanks to a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. A walk and a double put runners on second and third before a fly ball brought in the team's second run of the game. North Greenville pitcher Zack Kamerman was able to escape, however, only giving up one run in the inning.
Another lead off homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Belmont Abbey a 3-1 lead, an exact repeat of the fourth inning as Nick Nunziato hit his second homerun of the game.
North Greenville would pull one run back in the bottom of the seventh, as Bennett Hill hit a solo homerun to right field, however the Crusaders from Belmont Abbey shut down the North Greenville offense over the last two innings and secured the 3-2 win.
Kamerman took the loss on the evening, throwing six innings and giving up three earned runs, while Hill's 2-for-3 performance from the plate paced the North Greenville offense.
The loss takes North Greenville to 26-10 overall and 14-2 in Conference Carolinas play.
The teams return to the field tomorrow for games two and three of the series in Belmont as North Greenville looks to secure a position on top of the Conference Carolinas standings. First pitch for game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. with game three scheduled for 5 p.m.