Hartsville, SC - North Greenville cruised to a 10-1 victory this afternoon in Hartsville. Clark Scolamiero, Tyler Leek, Connor Grant, and Nathaniel Maggio all recorded multiple hits. Leek's hits were the first two of his college career. Zak Kamerman earned the win by pitching five innings and allowing no runs on two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Ben Estrada, who was the starting pitcher for the Cobras, pitched for only 2.2 innings and was charged with the loss.
With the win, the Crusaders have now won nine of their last ten games and are averaging 7.4 runs per game and allowing just 2.4 runs per game in the ten game span.
The first inning proved to be a successful one for NGU as Grant drove in the first run of the game with a single to left center. Later in the inning, Andrew Frazier hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the second run of the game.
After a scoreless second inning, a six run third inning put the game away early. After a triple to left center by Grant, an RBI groundout by Maggio brought in North Greenville's third run of the game. A Josh Black RBI single to left center would score another run. After a pitching change by the Cobras, Brandon odachowski would give the new pitcher a rude welcome as he connected with a 2-RBI single to center field. Eric Gilbert then tripled down the right field line to score another run. Scolamiero then capped off the scoring in the inning with an RBI single up the middle to make the score 8-0 in just the third inning.
A sacrifice fly by Bennette Hill in the sixth would make the score 9-0 in favor of the Crusaders.
In the seventh inning, Tyler Leek came through with a pinch hit single up the middle to record the first hit of his college career. Coker was able to get on the board in the bottom of the inning. After a leadoff double by AJ Strnad, Jon Koski singled to center field to bring in Strnad.
In the top of the ninth, Leek recorded his first RBI with a single up the middle. A three up, three down inning by Avery Greer sealed the win for North Greenville.
The Crusaders now move to 31-12 overall while the Cobras fall to 19-18. Up next for NGU is a home conference series against the Pfeiffer Falcons. The first game of the series will take place Friday with a scheduled start time of 3:00 PM.