Due West, S.C. – A three run third inning lifted North Greenville over Erskine College Monday afternoon, earning the Crusaders a 3-1 victory over the Flying Fleet to close out a three game set.
Erskine struck first on Monday as a solo home run in the second inning put the Fleet up 1-0. NGU starter Zack Kamerman worked around further damage coaxing a ground ball out as Erskine left two runners stranded.
North Greenville would rally in the third inning, working off the strength of a leadoff double from Mitchell Painter. Painter would score the first run for NGU as he crossed on a David Houser single two batters later. Nathaniel Maggio would give NGU a 2-1 lead with an RBI double while Foley George’s sacrifice fly would extend the lead to two runs.
Pitching and defense would preserve the lead for North Greenville. NGU pitching would work out of several tight spots in the final innings as the Fleet would go on to strand nine runners. Blake Hamilton would get the win for NGU, pitching five innings of scoreless relief while John Leopard earned his 12th save of the season.
Mitchell Painter returned to the lineup and went 3-4 with a run scored to lead the Crusaders. Maggio finished 2-5 with an RBI while David Houser was 1-4 with a run batted in. Foley George had a hit and an RBI for the Crusaders.
North Greenville improved to 35-14 overall and 21-6 in Conference play, the best Conference Carolinas record in the programs history with the league. The Crusaders locked up the second seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament and will play Barton College on Thursday at 3pm in Burlington, North Carolina.