Tigerville, SC – The Crusaders were on fire both in the field and at the plate as the North Greenville University baseball team swept a doubleheader from Conference Carolinas foe Pfeiffer University, winning game one 6-3 and taking game two 1-0 on Friday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
North Greenville jumped on the scoreboard early, using a two-run home run from Allen Staton to gain a 2-0 lead in the first inning of play.
In the fourth inning, the Crusaders scored once more as an Andrew Lawrence sacrifice fly drove in a run from third to put North Greenville ahead by three, before the Falcons tied the game at 3-3 following a one-run fifth inning and a two-run sixth inning.
However, North Greenville stormed back in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Taylor led off the inning with a solo home run to give the Crusaders the lead before an error by Pfeiffer’s pitcher allowed two more runs to score, giving North Greenville a three-run lead.
Three Crusader relief pitchers combined to pitch the final three innings, giving North Greenville the 6-3 victory in game one.
Junior Ryan Woodring earned his second win of 2013 after pitching 6 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out four and walking three.
Freshman Tim Youtsey pitching just 1/3 of an inning before leaving the game with an apparent arm injury before Brandon Poole shut out the Falcons for 1 1/3 innings. Staton earned his fourth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
At the plate, Staton led the Crusaders with a 3-for-4 day, including two doubles and his seventh home run of the season to go along with two runs scored and two RBI. Taylor was 2-for-3 in the game with a home run, one RBI and three runs scored, while Lawrence finshed the game 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
In game two of the day, senior Ian Haley earned his first win of the season with a complete game shutout of the Falcons. The right-hander completed seven innings on the mound, allowing just seven hits and striking out four batters.
The Crusaders lone run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning when John Reinholz began the inning with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a double by Tyler Mitchell. Taylor then drove Reinholz in from third with a sacrifice fly to give North Greenville the lead that would prove to be enough for the one-run victory.
Taylor was 1-for-2 in the game with an RBI, while Reinholz and Mitchell were the only other Crusaders to record a hit in the contest.
With the win, North Greenville improves to 11-17 on the season and 4-7 in conference play. The Crusaders will look to sweep the series tomorrow, March 23 when they host the Falcons at Noon in Tigerville.