Crusaders Drop Final Game Of 2013 In Heartbreaking Fashion
Greenville, SC – In the final game of the 2013 season, the North Greenville University baseball was sent home in heartbreaking fashion as Limestone used a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to down the Crusaders 8-7 in Fluor Field, home the Greenville Drive.
After the Saints put four runs on the board in the third inning of play, North Greenville cut into the lead with a two-run fourth on a two-RBI single by senior Frank Polino.
Polino was again the supplier of runs as an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning brought the Crusaders within one run.
The North Greenville offense broke loose in the seventh inning, putting four runs on the board on just two hits. Adam Taylor led off the inning with a double before a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Hollifield and a walk by Allen Staton put runners on the corners.
Senior Andrew Lawrence then brought Taylor across the plate with a sacrifice bunt of his own to tie the game at four runs apiece. After a walk from Polino, Tyler Mitchell stepped to the plate a belted a fastball over the Green Monster in left field to give North Greenville a 7-4 lead heading into the final innings of play.
However, a two-run home run by Limestone in the bottom of the inning brought the Saints within one run, making for another close knit game for North Greenville.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Saints tied the game with back-to-back hits to open the frame before a bases-loaded walk-off single brought home the winning run and secure the 8-7 win for Limestone.
Senior Ian Haley was dominant on the mound, pitching five solid innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits with a season-high eight strikeouts.
Fellow senior Griffin Spires pitched a hitless sixth inning of work with two strikeouts, while senior Bo Lucas allowed two runs on two hits with three strikeouts in an inning on the mound. Ryan Woodring allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts in one inning of play, as Staton was hit with the loss, allowing one run on two hits after facing just four batters.
Polino shined at the plate for North Greenville, finishing the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored, while Taylor was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Mitchell was 1-for-5 at the plate with a home run, a run scored and three RBI as Staton finished 1-for-3 with three runs scored. Foley George and senior John Reinholz each finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Crusaders finish the 2012-13 season with an 18-28 overall record, including a 8-15 record in Conference Carolinas.