Tigerville, SC - North Greenville completed its fourth conference series sweep of the season this afternoon against the Pfeiffer Falcons by winning both games of the doubleheader 6-3 and 12-11. The Crusaders are now 18-1 at home, and have won twelve of their last thirteen games. Andrew Frazier had a standout offensive performance, finishing the day with six hits in eight at-bats (.750), five RBIs, and a home run. Canaan Cropper and Shane Bishop received wins for the day, and Clark Scolamiero earned his sixth save of the season.
Game 1 was started by North Greenville's Cropper and Pfeiffer's Jordan Toney. Cropper, who earned the win, pitched six innings and allowed six hits, three earned runs, no walks, and nine strikeouts. Toney, who pitched a complete game but was charged with the loss, pitched six innings allowing six hits, three earned runs, no walks, and three strikeouts. Scolamiero pitched a three up, three down final inning, earning the save.
NGU got off to a quick start in the first. After leading off with a single to left center and a stolen base, Scolamiero eventually scored due to a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Frazier hit a 2-run home run down the right field line to give the Crusaders a quick 3-0 lead.
Two more runs were added by North Greenville in the second thanks to an RBI double down the left field line by Scolamiero and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Brown to increase the lead to five.
The Falcons began to put up a fight in the fourth with an RBI single to left field by Tanner Mathis and an RBI fielder's choice to shortstop by Kirby Lambert.
Pfeiffer would add another run in the fifth due to a solo home run by Cody McKenzie. NGU responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single through the left side by Frazier to make the score 6-3 in favor of North Greenville.
Cropper would pitch a three up, three down sixth inning. Scolamiero would pitch one as well in the seventh to seal the North Greenville win.
Game 2 saw Zack Kamerman get his tenth start of the season. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts. Nick Richmond started the game for the Falcons. Both starters received no-decisions. Bishop pitched the final two innings for the Crusaders, and earned the win. Xavier Rodriguez ended up with the loss for the Falcons.
After a scoreless first inning, Sean Parsons gave North Greenville a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Pfeiffer took the lead in the fifth when Brandall Peters doubled to right center to bring in two runs. NGU responded in the bottom of the inning when Bennette Hill doubled down the left field line to score a run and Frazier singled to first base to bring in a run. Hill scored on the same play due to a fielding error.
North Greenville appeared to put the game away with a five run sixth inning that included a 3-run home run by Andrew Meadows to make the score 9-2.
The Falcons struck in the seventh with nine runs including a grand slam by Andrew Toney to take an 11-9 lead. Scolamiero responded for the Crusaders with a 2-run home run to tie the game at 11.
In the eighth, Wheeler Smith brough in what would turn out to be the winning run with an RBI single to right field.
Pfeiffer put up a fight in the ninth with two hits, but did not score a run.
North Greenville finishes the day 34-12 overall and 17-7 in conference play while Pfeiffer fell to 19-22 overall and 9-15 in conference play.
Next, the Crusaders will travel to Greenville to play at Fluor Field for the second time this season. They will face the Catawba Indians on Wednesday with a scheduled start time of 7:00 PM.