Tigerville, SC – Thanks in large part to a complete game from left-hander Matt Laurens, the Crusader baseball team won its second straight game with a 5-1 decision over non-conference opponent Brevard College on Tuesday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
After a 1-2-3 top of the 1st inning, the Crusader offense came alive for three runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame to take an early lead. Sophomore Jessep Polk was hit by a pitch and later scored on a double by junior Allen Staton before Staton was driven home on an RBI single by sophomore Foley George. Junior Josh Sealey used an RBI single of his own to bring in the third run of the game for North Greenville.
North Greenville scored again in the 3rd inning of play on a solo home run by sophomore Tyler Mitchell over the right field fence to go ahead 4-0 on the scoreboard.
Brevard was able to score a run of its own in the top of the 6th on a controversial call at home plate before the Crusaders used a sacrifice bunt from freshman Mitchell Painter in the bottom of the inning to seal the 5-1 victory at home.
Junior starter Matt Laurens shined in his fourth start of the season, pitching a complete game nine innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and striking out three batters in the contest.
At the plate, Sealey finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while George was also 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored.
The Crusaders (3-8, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) will host another non-conference opponent tomorrow, Feb. 26 when Lenoir Rhyne University comes to Tigerville to a 3 p.m. matchup.