Tigerville, SC – The Crusaders early season losing streak ended this weekend, losing game one of the day 9-5 to Point University, but taking game two 7-1 over Toccoa Falls on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders jumped on the board early in the day’s first game, scoring two runs on an RBI single by junior Josh Sealey before Point scored a run of their own in the top of the 2nd inning of play.
The Skyhawks took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 3rd inning as North Greenville cut the deficit to just one run on a solo home run from Allen Staton over the center field fence.
Two more runs for Point in the 4th and 7th innings brought the Skyhawks a six-run advantage an RBI double from sophomore Jessep Polk score two more runs for North Greenville in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Point University added an insurance run in the top of the 8th to secure the 9-5 victory on the road.
Staton led the Crusaders at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored, while Sealey and Polk each totaled two RBI in the contest.
Senior right-hander Ryan Woodring suffered the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts. Freshman Patrick Busscher allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings on the mound, while fellow freshman Matt Eubanks allowed one unearned run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
In game two the Crusader offense came alive, totaling seven runs on 11 hits, and Staton turned in his second strong performance on the mound.
North Greenville did most of it damage with a six-run first inning, using an RBI double by Polk to score the first run of the game.
Sealey followed with an RBI single of his own to plate two more Crusaders, while freshman Mitchell Painter chipped in an RBI single in his first career start. Senior Taylor Hollifield finished the scoring for North Greenville with a two-RBI double to put the Crusaders ahead 6-0 after the first inning of play.
The final run of the game for North Greenville came in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by junior Stephen Cantrell, before the Eagles plated their only run of the game on a solo home run in the 6th inning.
Staton was masterful in his second start of the season, pitching a complete game, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out a career-high 13 batters in the game.
Sophomore Tyler Mitchell and Sealey eached finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Cantrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the victory.
The Crusaders (2-8, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) will look to put together back-to-back wins when they host Brevard College on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at Ashmore Field.