Lexington, S.C. - Late-game heroics lifted North Greenville past Lander to sweep the three-game series on a sunny day in Lexington. Kyle Kadlub picked up his first win of the season for the Crusaders while Lander's Joseph Whitt was charged the loss. Clark Scolamiero, who started the game in center field, picked up his first save of the season as NGU defeated lander 5-3.
Blake Hamilton was given the start for North Greenville while JD Cook started the game for Lander. Hamilton was 0-0 heading into the game while Cook held a 0-1 record.
Lander would strike quickly in the first. With two runners on, Nathan Schreckengost doubled down the left field line to bring in the first run of the game.
After a quiet remainder of the inning as well as the second inning, the Bearcats struck again in the third. With two runners in scoring position, a passed ball allowed Bailey Connell to score to make the score 2-0. A wild pitch later in the inning would score Alex Conaway to increase the Lander lead to three runs.
In the top of the fourth inning, Zak Kamerman entered the game to replace Blake Hamilton. Pitching would take over for the next few innings as neither pitcher allowed a hit in the fourth or fifth innings and allowed just one hit each in the sixth.
With Cook nearing one hundred pitches, he left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for Garrett Lovorn. With the bases loaded after a reach on error and two walks, Joseph Whitt would come in to replace Lovorn. With two outs, Nathaniel Maggio scored two with a line drive down the right field line to bring the score to 3-2.
After Kamerman struck out the side in the top of the eighth, the Crusaders would put themselves in good position in the bottom of the inning. With two runners on, Brandon Odachowski came through, ripping the ball over the left field wall to put North Greenville ahead 5-3.
Connor Grant was given the ball to pitch the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Clark Scolamiero was asked to close out the game. After a sacrifice fly by Nathan Schreckengost, a pop up to Bennette Hill would seal the deal for the Crusaders. North Greenville improves to 5-2 for the season while Lander falls to 1-6.
Up next for North Greenville is a midweek game against Montreat College scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 PM in Tigerville.