SWEEP! Crusaders take three from Limestone

SWEEP! Crusaders take three from Limestone
Saturday, April 9, 2016
SWEEP! Crusaders take three from Limestone

Tigerville, S.C. -- The North Greenville Baseball team won both games of its double header with Limestone College today at Ashemore Field.

Game one saw the Crusaders earn their 18th conference win by a score of 6-3. North Greenville played small ball, hitting only one home run in the game but still notching the victory over the visiting Saints.

The Crusaders got the scoring started in the bottom of first as Bennette Hill singled to center field and stole second during the next at bat. Andrew Frazier hit a single past the first baseman to bring in Hill and take the early 1-0 lead.

North Greenville added two runs in the third inning, as Doug Houser and Foley George reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch, respectively. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before two more walks brought a run in. The second run of the inning came in via a fielder’s choice, and the inning ended with the Crusader lead extended to 3-0.

Two more runs in the fourth inning, including a solo home run by Houser pushed the Crusader lead to 5-1, which would prove to be too much for the Saints to mount a comeback.

The Crusaders grabbed another run in the fifth inning via a triple from Shaq Rolle, driving in Tony Davila for the sixth run of the game. The Saints knocked in a run in the sixth and seventh inning, but Crusader reliever John Leopard earned his 10th save of the season, holding the Saints at bay in the seventh and final inning.

Tucker Burgess got his fifth win of the year, taking his record to 5-0 while five Crusaders had a hit on the day, including Houser’s fourth inning home run.

Game two was much of the same, as the Crusaders built a large lead early in the game that Limestone would not be able to overcome.

After giving up a run in the top of the second, North Greenville responded with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. George and Tony Davila both walked to start the inning and advanced on a wild pitch before a two-RBI single from Jessep Polk scored both Crusader runners. Later in the inning, A sacrifice fly from Nathaniel Maggio saw another run come in before Hill delivered in the clutch, hitting an RBI single to score the fourth run of the inning. An error by Limestone’s third baseman saw two more runs come for the Crusaders before the Saints were finally able to escape the inning.

Limestone quickly got two runs back in the top half of the third via a homerun to take the score to 6-3. The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh inning, including a homerun from Davila to take the score to 8-5 heading into the final frame.

The Saints began a desperate comeback bid, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth before closer Tucker Moring was able to record the third and final out. Moring earned his second save on the year while Hunter Dilworth was able to earn his seventh win, taking his record to 7-2.

The Crusaders return to action April 12 as they take on Mars Hill University. First pitch for the nonconference game is scheduled for 3 p.m.