Tigerville, SC - NGU won another nonconference weekend series with a 10-1 win and an 11-8 loss to the Nova Southeastern Sharks. The Crusaders picked up where they left off yesterday in game one with ten runs including a six-run 4th inning, but were unable to complete a comeback victory in game two. Jeremy Whitehead was solid at the plate yet again with five hits in the two games.
Innings 1-2 (1-0 NGU)
Starter Michael Giacone began the game with a strong first inning with just one runner reaching base due to an error. After a leadoff triple by Jeremy Whitehead, Jared Williams drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single up the middle. NSU recorded one hit while NGU recorded two in the 2nd innings, but neither team scored a run.
Innings 3-4 (9-1 NGU)
The Sharks went three up, three down in the 3rd. North Greenville added to their lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs off a solo home run to center field by Utah Jones and another solo shot to left field by John Michael Faile. Nova Southeastern was able to get on the board in the top of the 4th by way of a home run to left field. However, the Crusaders put the game away in the bottom of the inning with six runs including a two-RBI double by Adam Sasser and a three-run home run by Faile to put North Greenville up 9-1.
Innings 5-7 (10-1 NGU)
Giacone pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 5th. The Crusaders would also go three up, three down in the inning. NSU went quiet in the top of the 6th while a solo home run to right center by Adam Sasser in the bottom of the inning made the score 10-1 in favor of the Crusaders. With Brent Herlong entering the game to pitch, a leadoff walk put a runner on base. Herlong would retire the next three batters to end the game and clinch the series.
Innings 1-3 (6-0 NSU)
Nova Southeastern was able to let out some frustration with a three-run home run to left field at the expense of NGU starter Ethan Garner. Jared Williams put the Crusaders in the hit column with a single to center field in the bottom of the inning, but would only make it to second before the side was retired. Garner improved in the 2nd with a 1-2-3 inning. The bottom of the 2nd showed some promise with Jeffrey Chandler and John Michael Faile reaching base with no outs, but a caught stealing as well as two consecutive outs ended the threat. NSU made some more noise in the top of the 3rd with a solo home run as well as a two-run home run. For the second straight inning North Greenville was able to get two runners on base, but an inning-ending double play put the threat to rest.
Innings 4-6 (9-3 NSU)
Ryan Kirk entered the game to relieve Garner, and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 4th. NGU would also go three up, three down in the inning. The Sharks increased their lead in the top of the 5th with a leadoff home run and an RBI single. Josh Senter scored the first run for North Greenville in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to left field. Nova Southeastern would quickly get the run back in the top of the 6th with an RBI double, but NGU responded with a two-run home run by Faile.
Innings 7-9 (11-8 NSU)
Brock Robinson entered the game to pitch for the Crusaders, and recorded a 1-2-3 top of the 7th. Jeremy Whitehead and Jared Williams kept the bottom of the inning alive with two-out singles, but a fly out stranded the baserunners. Jared lembcke entered the game to pitch the top of the 8th, only allowing one runner on base due to a wild pitch on a third strike. Faile scored another RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning. A two-run double to right center by NSU in the top of the 9th seemed to end any chance the Crusaders had of making a comeback. However, NGU did put up a fight with a four-run inning that included an RBI single by Utah Jones, a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Chandler, and a two-RBI single by Faile. However, the final out would finally be recorded to end the game.
Jeremy Whitehead kept his batting average over .600 for the season with a strong performance. He recorded 5 hits and scored 3 times.
John Michael Faile continues to impress in his freshman campaign with 9 RBIs, 4 hits, and 3 runs scored for the day.
Jared Williams had an impressive day with 4 hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.
NGU will open up conference play on Friday, February 22nd against the Barton Bulldogs in Tigerville.