Crusader baseball falls at #16 Armstrong Atlantic
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Crusader baseball  falls at #16 Armstrong Atlantic

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Armstrong Atlantic State set four school records and Jarin Lewis and Truman Marek each tied NCAA marks as the Pirates put up a 16-run first-inning in game two of Friday afternoon’s doubleheader sweep of visiting North Greenville at Pirate Field. AASU won the firstgame, 6-0, then took the second game, 16-0, in seven innings.

Marek and Lewis joined an elite group of 10 NCAA Division II players who have collected three hits in one inning, and the duo were the first DII players to accomplish the feat since Bill Weinbrecht of Mesa State had three hits in an inning against Southern Utah on March 6, 1999. In all, the Pirates set school marks in plate appearances (21), runs scored (16), singles (11) and runners to reach base (18) in the 16-run first inning. The nightcap made in an anticlimactic doubleheader after a competitive first game that did not see the Pirate get a hit until the fourth inning and pull away from the Crusaders until a three-run fifth inning. Chase Leatherwood (1-0) limited the Crusaders to just three hits and struck out nine in five innings to pick up the win in game one’s 6-0 win, while Jeremy Horst (2-0) pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven, in taking the win in game two.

Marek had three singles in the first inning of game two, while Lewis had two singles and a double – however neither player had a hit in the first game. Lewis finished the second game with four hits and two RBI, while Marek had three RBI in the game and four on the day.

Brandon Young (0-1) took the loss for the Crusaders (2-3) in game one, hurling five innings and giving up four hits and four runs, walking five and striking out six. Seth Montgomery (0-1) took the loss for North Greenville in game two, giving up six hits and seven runs while not retiring a batter.

North Greenville reliever Tommy Okano had the bullpen-saving effort of the day for the Crusaders, hurling three innings of two-run ball in game one, then throwing five innings of two-hit shutout ball in the second game.

Saturday’s series finale was rained out. North Greenville, who falls to 2-3, will return to action Wednesday for a home doubleheader versus Carson-Newman College. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 1:00 p.m.