Miscues Lead To Crusader Baseball Defeat
Tigerville, SC – The Bulldogs of Barton College pounded out 17 runs and took advantage of three Crusader miscues on defense as North Greenville dropped a 14-6 decision at Ashmore Field on Friday afternoon.\
After a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, the Crusaders put up five runs on four hits in the bottom of the frame to take an early lead. Adam Taylor began the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games. Taylor Hollifield reached on an error by the Barton shortstop but was thrown out on the next pitch as Allen Staton reached on a fielder’s choice. Andrew Lawrence then walked to load the bases before Taylor scored on a pass ball.
With two runners in scoring position, Frank Polino drove in both runners with a single to give the Crusaders a three-run lead. Jessep Polk followed with a single of his own, while Wheeler Smith recorded a two-RBI single to put the Crusaders ahead 5-0 after one inning of play.
However, Barton brought home seven runs of their own in the top of the second, before the Crusaders got a solo home run from Allen Staton, his school-record 10th long ball of the season, to make the score 7-6 in favor of Barton after two full innings.
The Bulldogs went on to score seven more runs of their own in the third through fifth innings to secure the eight-run victory.
Junior Ryan Woodring was hit with the loss after struggling through four innings of the mound, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) on 13 hits, striking out three batters. Brandon Poole fought through an inning of relief, allowing two runs on one hits, while walking two before Aaron Gates pitched a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout.
Senior Griffin Spires also pitched a scoreless inning of relief, while Bradley Scruggs pitched a perfect eighth inning in the game. Freshman Colby Tollison recorded a scoreless inning in his fifth appearance on the mound.
Polino led all Crusaders at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Smith also recorded two RBI in the game, while Staton finished with an RBI of his own and two runs scored as the Crusaders totaled just eight hits in the game.
North Greenville (14-26, 5-14 in Conference Carolinas) and Barton will square off in a double header tomorrow, April 13 beginning at Noon in Tigerville. Before tomorrow’s games the North Greenville baseball team will honor its 2013 senior class with a ceremony beginning at 11:40 a.m.