Wingate, NC – The North Greenville University baseball team earned a mid-week win with a 7-4 victory over Wingate University on Wednesday afternoon.
North Greenville got on the scoreboard first when Allen Staton singled in a run in the top of the first inning to give the Crusaders an early lead. The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the frame with a solo homerun from Eric Serra.
However, the Crusaders quickly gained the lead with back-to-back home runs from Frank Polino and John Reinholz in the top of the second inning. Tyler Mitchell recorded and RBI single in the same inning to put North Greenville ahead4-2 after the first inning and a half.
The Crusaders scored again in the fourth inning as Mitchell drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Allen Staton recorded a two-RBI double to give North Greenville a five-run advantage. Wingate scored two runs of their own in the sixth inning of play, but the Crusader relief staff held the Bulldogs’ offense in check for the final three inning to secure the 7-4 victory.
Freshman Javy Taylor earned the win in his first career start, pitching five strong innings and just two runs on four hits, while striking out four.
Erik Markwat pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits, before Tim Youtsey relieved him for 1 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball. Staton finished the final two innings of play, striking out four batters and allowing just one baserunner.
Staton also shined at the plate, finishing the game 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI, while Mitchell was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Polino recorded two hits in the game, including his solo homerun, while Reinholz’s only hit of the ball game was a solo shot in the second inning. Cuyler McAuliffe was 2-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and Taylor Hollifield finished 1-for-3 with a run scored of his own.
The Crusaders (3-5, 0-0 in Conference Carolinas) will travel to Mount Olive, NC on Friday, Feb. 22 for a three-game series with NCAA Division II #1 Mount Olive College. Friday’s contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m.