Greenville, SC - In a game that appeared to be one to forget, the Crusaders almost completed a comeback with eight unanswered runs. North Greenville scored five runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but ultimately came up short with a final score of 11-8.
Zack Kamerman was the starting pitcher for the Crusaders, but lasted just two outs as he gave up five earned runs in the first inning. Christian Aragon started for the Pacers. He pitch four shutout innings and earned the win.
USC Aiken put together a five run inning in the first thanks to a 2-run home run to left center by Mitchell Price, a 2-RBI double to right field by Daulton Weeks, and an RBI single up the middle by Joey Smithers.
The Pacers added another run in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly by Nile Goings.
Another run would be scored by USC Aiken in the third with an RBI single up the middle by Jonathan Banks.
With the bases loaded In the top of the fifth, Banks seemingly put the game out of hand with grand slam to left field. A celebratory bat flip gave North Greenville the spark it needed to get back in the game. With the bases loaded, Clark Scolamiero was hit by a pitch to bring in the first run of the game for NGU. Connor Grant then walked to bring in a second run. Nathaniel Maggio sent a ball to center field for a sacrifice fly. Andrew Frazier added a fourth run with an RBI single through the right side. A fifth run was added by Ryan Brown with an infield single. With Josh Black batting, a diving catch would end the inning with a score of 11-5 in favor of USC Aiken.
North Greenville continued to chip away at the deficit in the sixth with an RBI single to right center by Scolamiero and a two-run home run by Grant to make the score 11-8.
Pitching took over for the final three innings as no runs would score. Nick Yobbi, who entered the game in the eighth, earned his first save of the season.
North Greenville fell to 22-8 while USC Aiken improved to 20-7.
Up next for the Crusaders is an important conference series against #3 Mount Olive, who is currently leading the Conference Carolinas standings.