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TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Host North Greenville University sent nine base runners across home plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, breaking open a close game and sending the Crusaders to a 16-1 whipping of Barton College in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas opener for both teams Friday.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Jakob Ryan gave up back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the fourth inning. After getting a pop-up for the first out, Ryan was tagged for a two-run home run by NGU catcher John Michael Faile to put the Crusaders up 4-0.
Then it all went downhill for Barton and Ryan, who suffered his second loss against two wins.
Three batters later, center fielder Josh Senter ripped a three-run homer. After giving up a ground-rule double to put runners on first and third with one out, Ryan was replaced by reliever Andrew Davis, who was greeted with a three-run blast by North Greenville first baseman Adam Sasser.
The Crusaders, who finished with five doubles and three homers among their 17 hits, added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Starting pitcher Tucker Burgess (2-1) fired five scoreless innings to get the win for NGU.
Barton’s lone run came in the top of the ninth when pinch hitter Trevor Edior singled, advanced to second and third on walks and scored on a wild pitch by NGU’s fifth pitcher, Nate Roof.
Barton fell to 10-6 while the Crusaders upped their overall record to 7-3. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon.