Baseball sweeps St. Andrews Presbyterian
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Baseball sweeps St. Andrews Presbyterian

LAURINBURG, N.C.óNorth Greenville University ripped 20 hits on the day en route to a 7-1 and 10-5 doubleheader sweep of host St. Andrews Presbyterian College in collegiate baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Clark field.

The Crusaders snapped a six-game losing streak improving to 8-14 on the season while the Knights fell to 9-12. SAPC will visit non-conference Lander University on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Game 1: North Greenville 7, St. Andrews 1

Senior Dylan Davidson (Landrum, S.C.) capped a two-run first inning for North Greenville with an RBI-single to center field as the visitors jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opener.

Senior catcher Cliff Allred (Franklinville, N.C.) cut the St. Andrews deficit in half with an run-producing single up the middle of the infield that scored sophomore outfielder Ivan Rodriguez (New York, N.Y.) in the bottom of the first.

The Crusaders extended their lead to 5-1 with a run in the second and two more in the third. Sophomore Demerius Mathis (Thomson, Ga.) supplied a RBI-single in the second frame. Junior Curt Marshallís (Rock Hill, S.C.) triple scored North Greenvilleís first run in the third and then he scored on a single by Davidson.

Marshallís fifth-inning sacrifice fly to center field scored senior Chris Tate (Augusta, Ga.) for the third time in the contest. NGU added one late unearned run in the seventh to pull away for the six-run victory in the first game.

Sophomore Devin Vance (Taylors, S.C.) went the distance for the Crusaders earning the complete-game victory. Vance scattered six hits and one run over seven innings while striking out five.

Sophomore leftie John Cratch (Angier, N.C.) took the loss from the starters roll giving up five runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Senior outfielder Adam Stemple (Holly Springs, Ga.) led the Knights offensively with two singles.

Game 2: North Greenville 10, St. Andrews 5

North Greenville built a commanding 7-0 advantage in the nightcap behind a three-run second and a four-run fifth. Freshman Tyler Callicutt (Pittsboro, N.C.) started the scoring with a run-producing single and senior Matt Britt (Grayson, Ga.) added a two-run single to conclude the second-inning output. Tate scored the first two Crusaders in the fifth on a double to the left field gap and Marshallís double to right in the next at bat that plated Tate.

St. Andrews stormed back with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth. After loading the bases, junior Michael Eastwood (Grantsboro, N.C.) picked up an RBI after being hit by a pitch for the third time in the game. Junior Chad Heckler (Sidney, Ohio) followed with a bases-clearing double down the left field line and later scored on a Stemple groundout.

NGU answered back with three runs in the top of the sixth to take the final five-run lead. Brittís single drove in Mathis, who started the surge with a triple. Marshall finished the rally with a two-run single to left.

Freshman starter Bruce Whitehead (Cocoa, Fla.) earned his second win of the season for the Crusaders. Whitehead (2-7) allowed five runs on four hits while striking out five in 4 1/3 innings. Davidson (1) picked up the extended save after getting the Crusaders out of the fifth inning in 2 2/3 innings from the mound.

Junior Josh Porter (Laurinburg, N.C.) took the loss for SAPC in his first start of the season. Porter (0-1) gave up seven runs on six hits and two walks while fanning six. Junior Sam Williams (Rockingham, N.C.) collected two singles for the Knights.