Tigerville, SC – Anderson’s offense put five runs on the board in a deciding eighth inning rally, leading to a 7-4 defeat of North Greenville University on Wednesday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
The Trojans and Crusaders were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first six inning of play before Anderson scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the seventh inning, taking advantage of a fielding error and scoring on an RBI single by outfielder Josh Hickman.
North Greenville battled back to score three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. With two outs in the inning, Adam Taylor ripped an RBI double down the right field line to drive in the Crusaders’ first run of the game. Allen Staton quickly followed with an RBI double of his own to drive in Taylor before an RBI single by Frank Polino gave North Greenville a 3-2 lead.
However, Anderson used a five-run eighth inning to build a four-run lead and put pressure on North Greenville heading into the final innings of play.
The Crusaders got an RBI single from Tyler Mitchell in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 7-4 but were unable to put together any late-game magic, leading to the three-run loss.
Freshman Javy Taylor turned in his best performance of his young career, pitching seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out a season-high nine batters.
Bradley Scruggs allowed two runs in just 1/3 inning of work, while Tim Youtsey suffered the loss after allowing two runs on just one hit, facing only two batters in the game. Allen Staton pitching 2/3 of an inning, allowing one run on one hit as Griffin Spires pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
In his 200th career game, Taylor led the offense with a 3-for-5 performance, including a double, one run scored and one RBI. John Reinholz was also 3-for-5 in the game with a double and run scored, while Staton was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI of his own.
Polino finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI and Cuyler McAuliffe recorded a 2-for-4 day on offense, as Mitchell and Wheeler Smith each tallied a hit in the contest.
North Greenville (9-17, 2-7 in Conference Carolinas) will begin a three-game series with conference opponent Pfeiffer University on Friday, March 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Tigerville.