Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team split a twin bill with the Lander University Bearcats Saturday, losing game one 8-2 while bouncing back in game two winning 6-5.
The game two win snaps a four-game losing skid for the Crusaders. The Crusaders also seemed to work themselves out of a multi-game offensive slump in game two scoring six runs on seven hits, including a tw-run double from Tyler Callicutt and a two-run homer from Adam Taylor.
In game one however the Crusader offense showed little sign of life, scoring just two runs on five hits. The Crusaders worked their way into an early hole in the first inning after Lander scored three runs on only one hit. Lander added insurance runs in the fourth, sixth, and eighth innings.
Among the highlights for the Crusaders in the first game was William Gladden who picked up his first career hit and run scored, all in the ninth inning.
In game two NGU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Lander tied the game up in the 4th inning and took the lead in the fourth with a three run showing. The Crusaders busted out the bats in the sixth inning. After Anthony Foulk scored Brian Giles on a run scoring double, Foulk himself scored when Taylor smashed a two-run homer over the right field fence to tie the game. Later in the inning Daniel York would score what would be the game winning run after a booted ball off the bat of Andrew Lawrence.
Caleb Phillips picked up the win for the Crusaders in game two for his first collegiate win. Brian Giles registered the save for his second of the season.
With the double header split the Crusaders move to 5-6 on the season. The Crusaders will lace it up again on February 22 at the NCCAA Invitational at Southern Wesleyan University.