Anderson, SC – North Greenville and Anderson University combined for 34 total runs as the Trojans earned a 22-12 victory in a marathon contest on Thursday afternoon.
Anderson scored four runs on five hits through the first three innings of play, while the Crusaders scored three runs on three hits, including an RBI from senior Taylor Hollifield as the Trojans led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning.
In the 4th inning of play Anderson’s offense came alive, scoring 12 runs on just seven hits as the Crusader defense committed two errors and the pitching staff walked six Anderson batters in the frame.
North Greenville responded with three runs in the top of the 5th on a three-run home run from junior Josh Sealey before the Trojans tacked on three runs in the 5th and 6th innings to go ahead 22-6 after six innings of play.
The Crusaders came alive in the 8th inning, scoring five runs on four hits in the frame and tacking on one more run in the top of the 9th to make the final score 22-12 in favor of the Trojans.
Senior Ryan Woodring was hit with the loss after pitching three innings on the mound, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits with just one strikeout.
Junior Kelvin Minnig faced six batters without recording an out in the fourth inning, allowing six runs (three earned) on just three hits, while freshman Patrick Busscher allowed four unearned runs on two hits in 1/3 of an inning of work.
Fellow freshman Eric Hertel faced just two batters in the 4th, allowing one unearned run with two walks as freshman Colton Grant pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs on five hits. Freshman Shane Bishop finished the final three innings on the mound for North Greenville, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out two batters.
Sealey led the offense with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a home run, a run scored and three RBI, while junior Allen Staton was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Freshman Matt Eubanks was 1-for-3 in the game with a double, a run scored and three RBI as sophomore Connor Edwards was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI in the game.
North Greenville (3-10, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) will have the weekend off as they prepare for a matchup with Young Harris College on Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in Tigerville.