Tigerville, SC – In the conclusion of a three-game weekend series, the north Greenville University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Erskine College, losing 10-0 in game one and 14-7 in the second contest.
The first game of the day was controlled by the Flying Fleet on offense and from the mound. Erskine recorded 10 runs on 14 hits while Heath Gray pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out seven Crusaders.
Erskine began the game scoring two runs in the first inning of play before both teams were held scoreless in the second through fourth innings of play. However, the Flying Fleet tacked on five runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh and final frame to secure the shutout victory.
At the plate, Adam Taylor (1-for-3) and Allen Staton (1-for-3, double) recorded the only hits for North Greenville in game one.
Ian Haley was hit with the loss in his first start of the season after pitching 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits while walking four and striking out five batters. Brandon Poole pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, while Bo Lucas pitched the final 2/3 of an inning to close the game.
In game two, both offenses came alive and North Greenville and Erskine combined to score 21 total runs on 32 hits in nine innings of play.
After the Flying Fleet scored a run in the top of the second inning on a solo home run, the Crusaders answered back with a two-run home run by Wade Wyatt Jr. in the bottom of the inning to take an early 2-1 lead.
Erskine scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings to build a 9-2 advantage, before North Greenville scored two more runs in the fourth, one on a solo home run by Wyatt Jr., to cut into the lead.
However, Erskine scored two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth inning to go ahead 12-4, before a two-run home run from Taylor brought the Crusaders within six runs.
The Flying Fleet recorded two more runs in the top of the ninth to go ahead by eight runs. In the bottom of the final inning, the Crusaders loaded the bases with no outs but were only able to muster one run in the inning and Erskine claimed a 14-7 win.
Andrew Lawrence was given his second loss of the season after pitching just four innings on the mound, allowing nine runs on nine hits. Tyler Wirsu pitched two innings of relief, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, before Bradley Scruggs pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits. Colby Tollison closed out the game with a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning of work.
Wyatt Jr. led the offense, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI, while Taylor was 2-for-5 with a home run, one run scored and two RBI. Drew Lipscomb was 3-for-5 with a double in his first start of his young career and Lawrence, Wheeler Smith and John Reinholz each recorded two hits in the game.
The Crusaders (9-10, 2-4 in Conference Carolinas) with have the weekend to recover before playing host to in-state rival Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday, March 12. First pitch at Ashmore Field is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.