Sweep! North Greenville Begins Conference Play With Series Win

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Emmanuel1200000382
North Greenville0100003472
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Canaan Cropper (3-0) 3.020012
Loss: Austin Copeland (1-1) 0.212230
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Jacob Saulnier (EMMANUEL) 412000
Connor Grant (NGU) 412100
Jack Morris (NGU) 302200
February 24, 2018123456789RHE
Emmanuel0011030207102
North Greenville20116110X12161
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Daniel Kight (1-0) 2.233302
Loss: Cooper Murphy (0-3) 4.1107602
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Phillip Swindell (EMMANUEL) 402010
Jacob Teston (EMMANUEL) 512000
Jordan McClure (EMMANUEL) 322301
Josh Black (NGU) 433110
Ryan Brown (NGU) 423100
Sweep! North Greenville Begins Conference Play With Series Win
Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Alan Kahaly
Sweep! North Greenville Begins Conference Play With Series Win

Tigerville, S.C. - The Crusaders completed their opening conference series with a sweep of the Emmanuel Lions. After winning Friday's game, NGU won both games in Saturday's doubleheader 4-3 and 12-7. Although John Jones' hitting streak came to an end in Game 1, Jones quickly got started on a new streak in Game 2 with two hits. Josh Black had a solid afternoon with four hits. 

Game 1

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 4 / Emmanuel – 3
  • Records: NGU 10-3, 2-0 CC / EC 5-7, 0-5 CC
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Ray & Bea Dillard Field at Ashmore Park)

How it Happened

  • Emmanuel was first on the scoreboard with a run in the first by way of an RBI-single to left field by Hanon Price.
  • The Lions then extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the 2nd with an RBI groundout by Ty Tipton and a fielding error that resulted in a run.
  • NGU responded with a run in the bottom of the 2nd. Jack Morris drove in the run with an RBI-single to center field to score Jeffrey Chandler.
  • Pitching took over until the 7th inning. Connor Grant knocked in a run with a single through the right side to cut the deficit to one run. Eric Gilbert then grounded out to bring in the tying run. With a runner on third, Connor Grant hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to give NGU the win.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • Jack Morris had 2 hits in 3 at bats and 2 RBIs.
  • Connor Grant went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
  • Canaan Cropper earned his third win of the season, improving his record to 3-0.

Inside the Emmanuel Box Score

  • Jacob Saulnier had 2 hits and scored a run.
  • Hanon Price recorded a hit and an RBI.
  • Dalton Kuhn pitched 6 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs.

Game 2

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 12 / Emmanuel – 7
  • Records: NGU 11-3, 3-0 CC / EC 5-8, 0-6 CC
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Ray & Bea Dillard Field at Ashmore Park)

How it Happened

  • The Crusaders were first on the board with two runs in the 1st.
  • Emmnanuel entered the score column in the top of the 3rd with a home run to left field.
  • NGU responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.
  • Both teams scored a run in the 4th.
  • North Greenville broke the game open in the 5th. After an RBI-single by Josh Black, Sean Parsons hit his first home run of the 2018 season. Following a Jeffrey Chandler RBI-double, Alex Williams then hit his first home run of the season. The Crusaders went on to score two additional runs in the inning to take a 10-2 lead.
  • The two teams scored one run in the 6th.
  • After NGU scored a run in the 7th, Emmanuel scored the final run of the game in the 8th.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • Josh Black recorded 3 hits in 4 at bats out of the leadoff position. He went on to score three times.
  • Ryan Brown went 3 for 4 and scored twice.
  • John Jones started a new hitting streak with 2 hits in the game.

Inside the Emmanuel Box Score

  • Jordan McClure went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored.
  • Phillip Swindell recorded 2 hits in 4 at bats.
  • Starter Cooper Murphy was charged with the loss.

Next Time Out

  • NGU will head to Augusta, GA to take on the Jags of Augusta University on Tuesday, February 27.