North Greenville earns comeback win at Fluor Field

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Playing at the home of the Class A Greenville Drive, the Brevard College baseball team was unable to hold off a North Greenville rally, falling to the Crusaders 8-7.

The Tornados (14-17) led by three runs twice during the game, but North Greenville (17-15) tallied at least one run in six of eight innings to win in come-from-behind fashion. The Crusaders tied the game at 7-7 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and took the lead on a seventh-inning RBI double.

North Greenville’s Adam Boghosian, who neared 90 miles per hour on the radar gun, earned his sixth save of the year by throwing a perfect ninth inning. Boghosian entered the evening ranked in the top 10 in Division II in saves and moved within one save of King’s Nathan Helke for the Conference Carolinas lead.

The Tornados did all of their damage in two innings, striking for four runs in the second inning and three more in the fifth. Pat Quinn’s RBI double scored two runs, one of which was unearned, to put the Tornados ahead after North Greenville plated the game’s first run in the first inning. Two batters later, a Christian Dix single made the score 4-1 in favor of the Tornados.

North Greenville responded with two runs in the third and another in the fourth to again deadlock the contest, but the Tornados broke through in the fifth. Blaine Durham recorded an RBI for the fourth time in the last six games with a double to score Ryan Smith, who reached on a leadoff walk. Christian Dix’s groundout to the second baseman plated Brennan Allen before Hunter Donaldson gave Brevard a three-run cushion with an RBI single.

The lead, however, was not enough to withstand a strong offensive performance from the Crusaders. North Greenville had 16 hits in the contest to overcome three defensive miscues.

Shortstop Allen Staton was 4-for-5 on the night with left fielder Jae Roberts and designated hitter Chuck Lawing picking up three hits apiece.

The Tornados will return to South Atlantic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Lincoln Memorial. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. Friday from Gil Coan Field.

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