Tigerville, SC – In the fourth doubleheader of the young season, the North Greenville University baseball team split once again, this time with Brevard College as the Tornados took game one 6-2 and the Crusaders earned an 11-5 win in game two at Ashmore Field.
In game one, Brevard was held to just one run through the first four innings of play until the Tornados offense put four runs on the board on just two hits in the fifth inning to gain a 5-0 lead.
An RBI single by Frank Polino in sixth inning cut into the Brevard lead before the Tornados put a run of their own on the board in the top of the seventh inning. North Greenville scored another run in the bottom of the seventh when Wade Wyatt Jr. scored on a fielding error but the Crusaders were unable to dig themselves out of a hole.
Freshman Javy Taylor was handed his first loss of the season after pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on just two hits with seven strikeouts but struggle with control, walking seven batters in the game. Brandon Poole pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of work, allowing one run on three hits in his second appearance in three days.
Adam Taylor had a strong first game at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, while Polino and Tyler Mitchell recorded the only RBIs for North Greenville.
In game two, the Crusader offense put 11 runs on the scoreboard on 11 hits and took advantage of three Brevard errors to take the win.
Brevard scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, before North Greenville’s offense took off in the bottom of the second inning.
After Allen Staton singled and stole second, Andrew Lawrence and Polino singled to load the bases. John Reinholz drove home the Crusaders’ first run with a sacrifice fly before Wyatt Jr. drove home a run with an RBI single. Cuyler McAuliffe then roped a double to centerfield, scoring two more runs as North Greenville gained a 4-1 lead early on.
The Tornados scored four runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 5-5, however, a sacrifice fly by Taylor Hollifield gave the Crusaders a one-run lead.
North Greenville extended its lead in the fifth inning with six runs on six hits, including an RBI double by Polino and a three-run home run from Mitchell to highlight the inning.
Erik Markwatt pitched 3 2/3 innings in his first start of the season, allowing five runs on five hits with two strikeouts, while Bradley Scruggs earned the first win of his career, pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief allowing just two hits in his second appearance of 2013. Tim Youtsey finished the game, pitching two innings of perfect relief while recording two strikeouts.
Wyatt Jr. led the offense in the second game, going 3-for-4 from the plate, including a double, with two runs scored and two RBI, while Polino was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Staton finished game two 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and Lawrence was a perfect 1-for-1 with two runs scored. Mitchell’s only hit of the game was his three-run home run in the fifth inning.
The Crusaders (5-8, 1-2 in Conference Carolinas) will have just a day to recover before beginning a three-game series with West Virginia State University on Friday, March 1 in Tigerville at 2 p.m.