Crusaders use six-run third to defeat Lander baseball, 11-5

Crusaders use six-run third to defeat Lander baseball, 11-5

LEXINGTON, S.C. – The North Greenville University baseball team exploded for six runs in the third inning Saturday afternoon en route to an 11-5 non-conference victory over No. 32-ranked Lander at Lexington County Stadium.

Lander moves to 4-2 overall, while North Greenville improves to 1-2. Lander won the first two games of the series, 2-0 on Thursday in Tigerville, and 8-3 Friday at Dolny Stadium.

Ethan Garner (1-0) picked up the victory on the mound for the Crusaders after striking out six, walking one and allowing two earned runs on one hit in 3.2 innings. John Leopard was credited with the save with four strikeouts in two innings.

Lander's Colton Rogers (0-1) took the loss, striking out three, walking four and allowing five earned runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Bearcats went up 3-0 in the second inning after John Mangum scored on a bases-loaded walk, Taylor Kellner went home on Alex Conaway's sacrifice fly, and Will Jones advanced to the plate when Zach Daly was hit by a pitch.

North Greenville then went up 6-3 on an RBI single by Tony Davilla, a pair of two-RBI singles by Davis Houser and Eric Gilbert , and a bases-loaded walk by Wheeler Smith.

Zach Daley's two-run homer, his second in as many days for the Bearcats, cut the North Greenville lead to 6-5 in the fourth.

But Houser blasted a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning to put the Crusaders up 8-5.

North Greenville completed the scoring in the eighth when Andrew Meadows stroked a two-RBI single and Bennette Hill drove in Collins Robinson.

For Lander, Daly batted 2-for-3 with three RBI.

North Greenville's Houser went 3-for-5, while Hunter Dilworth, Davilla, and Gilbert had two hits apiece.