On a clear day in Tigerville, North Greenville was able to hold on to defeat NAIA opponent Montreat College with a final score of 9-5, even after a late-game rally by the Cavaliers. North Greenville starter Trent Spikes received the win while Montreat starter Jacob Veliz was charged with the loss.
After a scoreless first inning, the Crusaders came through with three runs in the second. Andrew Plunkett got the ball rolling with a triple to center field. Andrew Frazier then doubled to center field to bring in Plunkett. However, Frazier would not be on base long as Brandon Odachowski crushed a home run to left field to bring the score to 3-0.
North Greenville would have a repeat performance in the third inning by scoring three more runs. With Connor Grant in scoring position, Nathaniel Maggio hit a ground-rule double to left center to bring in Grant. Maggio would advance to third base on a wild pitch, then Andrew Plunkett would ground out to shortstop to score another run. Andrew Frazier stepped up to the plate and capped off the inning with a two-run home run to left center to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Crusaders.
After three innings of shutout pitching, Shane Bishop replaced Trent Spikes in the top of the fourth. Montreat would capitalize with a home run of their own by Andres Cancio to get on the scoreboard.
Another run was scored by the Cavaliers due to a throwing error. The run was allowed by Avery Greer, but was unearned.
Jared Lembcke entered the game in the top of the sixth, pitching a three up three down inning.
Steven Estep pitched an inning of his own in the seventh, and did not allow a run.
North Greenville would finally add to their lead with three additional runs. Solo home runs by Connor Grant and Nathaniel Maggio and an RBI single by Eric Gilbert would make the score 9-2.
Montreat put up one last fight in the eighth inning. With Caleb Murphy in to pitch for the Crusaders, Andres Cancio connected to hit an RBI double to left field. Montreat's Tray Hill then brought in two more runs with a double to center field to bring the score to 9-5.
Zac Davis came in to finish the game for North Greenville. A three up three down inning sealed the win for the Crusaders.
North Greenville improves their record to 6-2 while Montreat falls to 5-3. The Crusaders will be on the road this weekend to face Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA.