Tigerville, SC - Six runs scored in the first three innings proved to be enough for the Crusaders as they defeated the Anderson Trojans 8-2 on a windy evening in Tigerville. Ryan Brown and Connor Grant combined for seven hits. Clark Scolamiero, who entered the game with a 15-game hitting streak, went hitless.
Zack Kamerman pitched the first five innings of the game. He allowed two runs off four hits, walked two, and struck out seven. He earned his fourth win of the season. Christian Carpenter, who started the game for Anderson, failed to record an out and was charged with the loss. He gave up three earned runs off three hits, walked two, and did not strike out a batter.
It did not take NGU long to get on the board in the first. With runners on first and third, Grant singled to the pitcher to bring in Scolamiero. Two batters later, Brandon Odachowski singled up the middle to score Grant and Brown.
North Greenville added a third run in the second inning as Grant singled through the left side to score Daniel Myers.
Two more runs would score in the third by NGU when Bennette Hill scored off of a wild pitch and Josh Black scored off an RBI groundout to shortstop by Scolamiero.
The Trojans were able to get on the board in the fourth when an RBI groundout to first base by Xavier Peralta scored William Thomas. An additional run was scored by Anderson in the fifth thanks to an RBI fielder's choice by Avery Green.
In the bottom of the sixth, Odachowski hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brown.
NGU added one more run in the eighth when an RBI double through the left side by Grant scored Brown to bring what would end up being the final score to 8-2.
North Greenville improved to 28-11 with the win while Anderson fell to 10-26. Up next for the Crusaders is a weekend conference series against King University. The series will start with a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch set for noon.