Burlington, N.C. – North Greenville was eliminated from the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament after a 14-4 loss to Erskine College on Friday afternoon.
A five run second inning put NGU in an early hole as the offense stalled in the first half of the game. One more run in the fifth would put the Fleet up by six runs, as NGU was held hitless through the first five frames.
The Crusaders put together a small rally in the sixth inning as David Houser’s two run blast scored Bennette Hill and cut Erskine’s lead to four runs. The Crusaders would get one more hit during the inning but would strand a runner.
Hill would come through in the seventh for NGU as his RBI single scored Josh Black to cut the first seeded Flying Fleet’s lead in half. The Crusaders threatened more damage but failed to scratch any more runs, leaving the bases loaded.
Erskine put together the biggest inning of the tournament in the home half of the eighth, as eight runs would come across scoring on seven hits. The Fleet got five extra base hits during the frame including four doubles and a home run to put North Greenville in an 11 run hole.
North Greenville would get one more run in the ninth inning but fell well short of the runs needed to send the game into extras. The run came on a ground out from David Houser would plate Josh Black for the second time, cutting the lead to 10.
The final out of the game would come in the form of a ground out as NGU was eliminated after two games. David Houser led NGU with two RBI and was 1-5 with a run scored. Bennette Hill had a hit and RBI and also scored a run while Josh Black led the Crusaders with two runs scored.
Blake Hamilton took the loss for the Crusaders after giving up five runs on seven hits in two innings. Only three of the runs were earned. North Greenville finished with five hits while the Fleet notched 18.
North Greenville falls to 35-16 on the season while the Fleet improved to 37-14. The Crusaders will wrap up the 2016 slate on May 4th at Francis Marion University. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm.