Tigerville, SC – After more than a week away from the field, the North Greenville University baseball team dropped a high-scoring contest 19-10 to non-conference foe Tusculum College on Tuesday night at Ashmore Field.
The Pioneers jumped out to an early five run lead in the top of the 1st before the Crusaders used an RBI single by junior Allen Staton to bring the score to 5-2 after the 1st inning of play.
The 2nd inning o play was a mirror of the first as Tusculum scored five more runs and North Greenville added two runs of their own on a two-run home run from sophomore catcher Wheeler Smith over the left field fence.
The Pioneers tacked on two more in the 4th as an RBI single by junior Stephen Cantrell brought the score to 12-5 in favor of Tusculum after four innings of play until two runs in the 5th extended Tusculum’s lead to a nine-run advantage.
A three-run 6th inn from North Greenville cut into the Tusculum lead before the Pioneers pounded out three runs on three hits in the top of 7th to make the score 17-8 in favor of Tusculum.
RBIs from Connor Edwards and Foley George in the bottom of the 8th, followed by one run in both the 8th and 9th innings for Tusculum secure the road win for the Pioneers.
Junior left-hander Matt Laurens suffered the loss after allowed nine runs on nine hits in just one inning on the mound. Fellow junior Stewart Hunt had a solid outing, pitching one inning of relief, allowing just one unearned run on two hits, while senior Sean Willingham allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Freshman Zach Smith pitched four innings of relief in his first career appearance, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits as redshirt freshman Jason McCoy allowed one unearned run on one hit with a strikeout in an inning of work.
Staton led the Crusaders at the plate, finishing the game 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI, while Jessep Polk finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. Smith was 2-for-3 in the game with three runs score and two RBI as Cantrell was 2-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI of his own.
The Crusaders (1-6, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) hit the road for a matchup with Toccoa Falls College on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m.