Tigerville, SC - The North Greenville Crusaders swept a rare midweek non-conference doubleheader against Miles College on a windy day in Tigerville. Both games were scheduled for seven innings. Game 1 ended with a walk-off single while Game 2 saw an unlikely hero in Sean Parsons.
Game 1 resulted in a low-scoring contest. Trent Spikes took the mound for the Crusaders to start the game. Matthew White was given the start for the Golden Bears.
The Crusaders got off to a quick start in the first with an RBI groundout by Andrew Frazier which brought in Clark Scolamiero. The next at-bat, Ryan Brown singled down the right field line to bring in Connor Grant.
The second inning belonged to Miles thanks to a solo home run down the left field line by Reeves Brashear.
In the top of the fifth, the Golden Bears would tie the game with a double steal to tie the game at 2.
Extra innings were required to complete the game, but an RBI walk-off single by Nathaniel Maggio would secure the victory 3-2 in favor of North Greenville.
Spikes earned a no decision in the game. Other Crusader pitchers to make an appearance included Shane Bishop, Sam Pruitt, and Scolamiero, who earned the win.was charged with the loss for the Golden Bears.
Game 2 saw Sal Lovaglio start his first game of the season while William Donahoo got the start for Miles.
Once again, North Greenville proved to be productive in the first inning. Taylor McCuen got the RBIs started with a single to left center which brought in Scolamiero. The next batter, Ryan Brown, hit a sacrifice fly to right center to bring in Josh Black. Bennette Hill would then hit an RBI single to center field to bring in Maggio.
For the second straight game, Miles would respond in the second inning with a home run by Reeves Brashear. NGU produced a run of their own in the second with an RBI groundout by Maggio that scored Daniel Myers.
Although no runs were scored in the fourth, the inning would see North Greenville first baseman Sean Parsons record the first hit of his college career, a triple to left field.
The Golden Bears were able to score their second run of the game in the sixth inning when Xavius Burden was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Parsons would put the game out of reach with a three-run home run to right field, which resulted in the final score of 7-2 in favor of NGU. Lovaglio received the win while Donahoo was charged with the loss. Crusader relievers to make appearances in the game included, , , , and Connor Grant.
In an odd coincidence, both Parsons and Andrew Meadows have two recorded hits for the season. The two hits for both players resulted in a triple and a home run.
North Greenville improves their record to 17-5 while Miles fell to 8-7. The Crusaders will take a trip to Franklin Springs, GA to face Conference Carolinas opponent Emmanuel College over the weekend. Game 1 will take place Friday at 2:30 PM.