Hartsville, SC – Searching for a much-needed conference victory, the North Greenville University baseball team took to the road for the first game of a three-game series with Coker College. The Cobras picked up the win on Friday, defeating the Crusaders 5-3 in the afternoon contest.
The Crusaders started the game off on the right foot as John Reinholz and Adam Taylor opened the game with back-to-back singles. After each runner advanced on a wild pitch, Andrew Lawrence drove in Reinholz from third with an RBI single.
A single by Frankl Polino loaded the bases before Tyler Mitchell drove in Taylor with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to give North Greenville a 2-0 edge after the top of the first.
In the second inning of play Coker took over, scoring four runs on four hits while taking advantage of a Crusader fielding error to earn the two-run advantage.
North Greenville cut into the Coker lead when Frank Polino scored from third on a pass ball to bring the Crusaders within one run after seven innings of play.
Coker scored another run of its own in the eighth inning of play to go ahead by two and eventually claim the 5-3 victory over North Greenville.
Junior Ryan Woodring suffered the loss after pitching seven innings on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, while Javy Taylor faced just two batters, walking both and allowing one unearned run. Bradley Scruggs pitched a perfect eighth innings of work, including a strikeout in his ninth appearance of the season.
Lawrence led the team on offense, finishing 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Polino was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Reinholz also recorded two hits in the game with a run scored and Taylor was 1-for-2, scoring a run and reaching base four times, including three walks. Allen Staton, Cuyler McAuliffe and Taylor Hollifield each recorded a hit in the game for North Greenville.
The Crusaders (11-20, 4-9 in Conference Carolinas) and Cobras will square off again tomorrow, March 30 in a doubleheader beginning at Noon in Hartsville.