Crusaders Fall in Last Game of Series to Hurricanes

February 18, 2017123456789RHE
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Georgia Southwestern00000040X471
Win: Stewart (1-0) 2.040000
Loss: Sam Pruitt (0-1) 1.131001
Connor Grant (NGU) 412000
Eric Gilbert (NGU) 312000
Redding (GSW) 403000
Crusaders Fall in Last Game of Series to Hurricanes
Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Alan Kahaly
Crusaders Fall in Last Game of Series to Hurricanes

North Greenville wasn't able to complete the sweep this weekend in Americus, GA thanks to a four run seventh inning by Georgia Southwestern. Although the Crusaders did fall in the final game of the series, they still won two out of three, and are now 8-3 for the season.

Blake Hamilton took the mound for the crusaders. He came into the game with a 4-2 record and a 3.31 ERA. For the Hurricanes, Jordan McIlwain got the start.

The first three innings of the game belonged to the starting pitchers as Hamilton allowed only one hit and McIlwain allowed none.

North Greenville finally struck in the top of the fourth. A single and stolen base by Connor Grant put him in scoring position. A single to right center field by Bennette Hill brought Grant in to score the first run of the game.

The top of the fifth inning proved to be an effective one as well for the Crusaders. Two sacrifice flies by Ryan Brown and Clark Scolamiero added two runs to make the score 3-0 in favor of NGU.

Although Blake Hamilton earned a quality start, things began to unravel in the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff double by Dakota Long, two consecutive ground outs allowed Long to score to bring the score to 3-1. Sam Pruitt would come in to relieve Hamilton. With runners on second and third, a 2-RBI single by Andrew Patrick tied the game at 3. Evan Alderman would hit another RBI single to give the Hurricanes the lead at 4-3. Three of the runs were charged to Hamilton, but only one was earned. The fourth run was charged to Pruitt, which was also unearned.

North Greenville would get a hit in the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to turn them into runs. Lawson Stewart received the win for Georgia Southwestern while Sam Pruitt was charged with the loss.

With no midweek game for the coming week, North Greenville will be well rested when they return to Tigerville to play their first conference series of the season against Southern Wesleyan. Game 1 of the series will take place Friday with a scheduled start time of 3:30 PM.