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Erskine Sweeps Weekend Series at North Greenville

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TIGERVILLE, SC – Erskine College captured the two games played Saturday afternoon at North Greenville University, sweeping the weekend series against the Crusaders. The Fleet won the first game 4-2 and won the second 6-3. For the season North Greenville falls to 1-6, while Erskine improves to 7-0.

Game 1 – Erskine 4 North Greenville 2

Game 1 of the doubleheader turned out to be a pitching duel between Erskine starter Andrew Guest and North Greenville starter Devin Vance. Vance went the distance against Erskine, giving up four runs on thirteen hits, managing four strikeouts. Guest though, out-pitched Vance, going 8 1/3 innings while giving up one unearned run on four strikeouts, before giving way to the bullpen.

Erskine led off the scoring in the third inning when Greg Huff singled to center with one out. After a groundout by Bryan Fogle, Chas Anthony drove Huff in with a single. Vance got out of the inning by striking out Matt Schneider.

In the top of the sixth the Fleet added two more runs. Ross Hannah doubled down the right field line driving in Schneider. After a single by John Bolding, Tyler Layton hit a fly ball deep enough to right field to drive in Hannah.

Keith Hill led off the top of the seventh for the Fleet with a triple to right field. Huff followed with a sacrifice fly to right, driving him in. After a double by Anthony, the Crusaders got out of the inning without allowing another run.

The Crusaders mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth behind the bats of Grant Kelley, Randy Stegall and a few timely miscues by the Erskine defense. With one out, Jacob Hardin reached on an error by the second baseman. Cory Hinton followed with a walk. After a strikeout, Kelley singled, loading the bases. Josh Hohn reached on an error by the second baseman, driving in the first Crusader run of the day. Stegall followed with a single, keeping the bases loaded and cutting the deficit to two. However, Erskine relief pitcher Scarborough managed to retire the next Crusader batter, ending the game and earning the save.

Erskine’s batting leaders were Greg Huff and Chas Anthony who each managed three hits and one RBI for the game.

The leaders for the Crusaders were Chad Drosieko and Randy Stegall. Drosieko had two of the Crusaders five hits for the day, and Stegall had a key hit, driving in an RBI.

Game 2 Erskine 6 North Greenville 3

Game two was another pitchers match-up between Grayson Smith of North Greenville and Mike Moore of Erskine. Smith went 4 2/3 innings for the Crusaders, giving up six runs (two earned) on nine hits. Moore did slightly better, going five innings with three runs (all earned) on six hits. The key to the game was the Crusader defense, giving up six errors, allowing four unearned runs.

North Greenville started off the scoring, when Grant Kelley walked with one out in the bottom of the second inning. After Chad Drosieko and Randy Stegall singled, loading the bases, the Crusaders scored as Chase Pope placed a sacrifice bunt, scoring Kelley from third.

Erskine rallied back with three runs in the top of the third. Erskine loaded the bases behind the bats of Keith Hill, Greg Huff, and Matt Schneider. With one out, Ross Hannah drove in Hill and Huff with a base hit. After Shawn Glover fouled out to the third baseman, John Bolding doubled scoring Schneider from second. During the play though, left fielder Stegall threw out Hannah as he tried to advance to third, ending the inning.

The Crusaders added another run in the fourth due to the play and hustle of Curt Marshall. Marshall led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After Grant Kelley grounded out, advancing Marshall to third, he scored on a wild pitch by Erskine pitcher Moore that bounced to the backstop, bringing the game to 3-2.

Erskine increased their lead in the top of the fifth. With Bolding and Glover on second and third, Brandon Garrett hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Glover. Atlee Pearson followed the sacrifice fly with a single, moving Bolding to third. After Pearson stole second, Hill followed with a bases clearing double, driving in two RBI.

The Crusaders added one last run in the bottom of the sixth. Cory Hinton and Marshall led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a pitching change by Erskine, the next two batters managed fly balls to move the runners around the bases, allowing Hinton to score.

For the game, the Fleet were led by Keith Hill and Ross Hannah. Hill went 2-5, with a double and two RBI. Hannah also had two RBI.

The Crusaders were led by Curt Marshall, who went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

North Greenville is back in action again February 12 on the road against Brevard College. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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