Crusaders fall at home to Carson-Newman, 4-3
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Crusaders fall at home to Carson-Newman, 4-3

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Carson-Newman rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score a four runs in the middle innings as North Greenville lost their second straight game, 4-3 to Carson-Newman in non-conference play Wednesday afternoon at Ashmore Field.

The Crusaders (3-5) scored early when three consecutive singles bought in a run, the last by Curt Marshall. A Chris Tate sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third with one out. After a pop out, Willie Buchananís pitch got by catcher Jonathan McMahon, that forced in another run, this time letting in shortstop Corey Hinton.

Both teams were retired easily in the 2nd and 3rd innings, until the Eagles finally got on the board when left fielder sophomore Tyler Wynn slammed a solo shot to left field, that decreased their deficit down to 2-1.

After North Greenville was retired in four batters by reliever Michael Elliot, Carson-Newman added two more. After a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt and lineout made it two outs with a man on second. A Michael Brown double down the line plated Brandon Burchfield. A single by Derek Long drove in Brown and gave the Eagles a 3-2 advantage after four and half innings.

To lead off the sixth inning, Joe Kugler singled off of Dylan Davidson to center field and stole second. McMahon bunted him over with one out, and Burchfield grounded out to Crusader second baseman Mike Reis that increased the lead to 4-2.

Neither team scored in the seventh, but North Greenville was able to scratch a run on the board with a Tate single and Reis double, moving runners to second and third with two out. The next batter, Tyler Callicutt, then hit a grounder to third base, but Nick Achberger misplayed it and Tate scored, unearned, to strengthen the hopes of North Greenville.

Davidson pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up just two hits, a run, walking a batter and striking out two.

Devin Vance (1-1) pitched 4.2 innings giving up three hits and three runs, but walked five to go with three strikeouts. Hinton led the Crusaders on offense, with a 2-for-5 performance to go with a stolen base. Tate had two hits in his three at-bats, and also chipped in with a sacrifice hit.

The Eagles used six different pitchers in the game, with four pitching 1.1 innings or less.

North Greenville returns to action on Friday, hitting the road for Milledgeville, Georgia, for a three-game series with Georgia College and State University.

Story Credit: David Cohen