Baseball falls at Mars Hill
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Baseball falls at Mars Hill

MARS HILL, NC - The Lions swept a double-header from North Greenville University in baseball action at Henderson Field Tuesday afternoon. MHC improved to 17-28 while the Crusaders fell to 15-24 on the season. The teams combined for 52 hits on the day.

Game 1: MHC 13, NGU 12
James Dean (Lake Butler, FL) hit a line drive over the Crusaders’ second baseman to plate Dustin Kerley (Taylorsville, NC) for the game winning run with one out on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning and give the Lions a 13-12 victory in game one. The teams combined for 29 hits in the contest.

Curt Marshall (Rock Hill, NC) hit a two-run homerun in the first inning to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. MHC cut the lead to 2-1 in the second inning when Brian Williams advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a throwing error by the Crusader’s catcher.

The Lions then took a 6-2 advantage after the third frame scoring five runs on four hits and one NGU error. Williams hit a three-run homerun in the inning. NGU cut the lead to 6-5 in the fifth inning on four hits. The first three hits in the inning were doubles. MHC then scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth to enjoy a 9-5 advantage. The inning was highlighted by a solo homerun by Marc Wassum (Winter Park, FL).

The Crusaders took their first lead (11-9) of the game in the top of the sixth inning scoring six runs on six hits. Dylan Davidson (Landrum, SC) and Rick Broadway (Sumter, SC) each recorded two-RBI singles in the inning. Wassum drove the ball into right-center with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Lions back within a single run.

Marshall added another run for NGU in the top of the seventh inning when he singled to right field to drive in Chris Tate (Augusta, GA) and make the score 12-10 in favor of the Crusaders.

Wassum went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a homerun to lead the Lions at the plate. Williams also had three RBI to go along with a pair of hits and a homerun. Matt Dameron (Mt. Holly, NC) picked up the win (1-0) in relief for the Lions.

Tate went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with a double and four runs scored to lead NGU offensively. Marshall was 4-for-5 with five RBI. Davidson took the loss for NGU on the hill throwing the final 0.2 innings in relief.

Game 2: MHC 16, NGU 10
Once again, NGU scored in their first at bat when Tate tripled to right-center to score Matt Britt (Grayson, GA) and then Marshall scored Tate on a sacrifice fly. Thanks to a big hits by Williams, the Lions took a 5-2 lead in the bottom half of the first. Wassum doubled to plate Austin Boehme (Winston-Salem, NC) and then after the Lions loaded the bases, Williams hit a grand slam over the left field fence.

NGU pushed one run across in the third inning on two Lion errors to make the score 5-3. In the fourth inning, Kyle Baron (Dalton, GA) came in and delivered a pinch hit sacrifice fly score Marshall and bring NGU within one run (5-4) of the Lions.

MHC then exploded for six runs in the fourth stanza on three hits to take an 11-4 advantage. Williams and Adam Speas (Rural Hall, NC) recorded two RBI apiece in the inning. NGU fought back scoring four runs of their own in the sixth inning on the same number of hits to bring the Crusaders within three runs (11-8) of the Lions.

The Lions added five more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on three hits led by a bases loaded double from Boehme that drove in all three runners. NGU managed to score two more runs in the top of the seventh but that was all the offense they could muster and MHC left Henderson Field with the 16-10 victory.

Boehme was 2-fo-3 with a triple, a double; three runs scored and recorded three RBI. Williams had two hits, a homerun and six RBI in the contest. Eric Stewart (Asheville, NC) threw six innings to pick up his third win (3-3) on the season.

NGU is back in action Wednesday at Tusculum College.