Gaffney, SC – Limestone recorded just six hits but drew seven walks on the day as the Saints downed the Crusaders 6-2 in the opening game of a three-game series on Friday afternoon.
The Saints started the game hot on offense, scoring three runs in the second inning to take and early lead on their home field.
A solo home run from Allen Staton in the sixth inning put the Crusaders on the board before Limestone scored another run of their own in the bottom of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead.
Limestone brought two more runs across the plate in the seventh to gain a five-run advantage. The Crusaders got an RBI single from Cuyler McAuliffe in the top of the ninth but North Greenville was unable to put together a rally, leading to the 6-2 loss.
Crusader junior Ryan Woodring was handed his second loss of the season after pitching six innings of work, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out just three batters but walking five. Brandon Poole pitched one inning of relief, allowing two runs on two hits, while Bradley Scruggs pitched a perfect eighth inning of work, including a strikeout.
Three Crusaders recorded two hits in the game as McAuliffe, Andrew Lawrence and Frank Polino all finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Josh Sealey and John Reinholz were both 1-for-4 on the day, while Staton was also 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season.
The Crusaders (9-13, 2-5 in Conference Carolinas) will square off with the Saints tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at Noon.