Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville baseball team inched closer to a 30-win season on Tuesday after an 11-3 win over Francis Marion.
The Crusaders pounded out 15 hits in the eight run win while holding the Patriots, skippered by former North Greenville coach Art Inabinet, to just two. Tucker Burgess was credited with his fourth win of the season, striking out three and allowing just one hit in four innings of work.
Defensive and pitching won out in the first three innings but North Greenville broke through with a set of two-run middle frames. Tony Davila and Mitchell Painter plated two runs in the fourth inning while a passed ball and a David Houser RBI single in the fifth earned the Crusaders a 4-0 lead.
Andrew Frazier added some insurance in the sixth inning with a single that scored both Bennette Hill and Shaquille Rolle to extend the lead to six runs. The Patriots scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning on a two-run homer to cut North Greenville’s edge to just four runs. It was the first hit for FMU since the fourth inning.
The Crusaders would put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with four runs on two hits. Hill would get credited with a pair of RBI on a two-out single while one more run would score on a throwing error. NGU would benefit from one more FMU error as a booted ground ball to second base would plate one more run to make the score 10-2.
Rolle would get credit for an RBI in the eighth inning with a single that scored Collins Robinson, answering a one run visiting half of the eighth turned in by the Patriots.
Rolle finished the game 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead NGU’s offensive attack. Hill finished 2-4 with two RBI and a couple of scored runs while Foley George was 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs. Andrew Frazier also turned in a two-hit performance.
The Crusaders will welcome Limestone College to Ashmore Field on Friday afternoon to open up a three game Conference Carolinas series.