Tigerville, SC – The Crusaders dropped their fifth straight game, this time a 14-6 loss to #12 Georgia College on Thursday afternoon at Ashmore Field.
The Bobcats struck early and often, scoring three runs on three hits in the 1st inning, followed by four runs on three hits in the 4th to earn a 7-0 lead.
North Greenville got on the board with a run of their own with an RBI from sophomore Foley George in the bottom of the 4th before Georgia put up four more runs on three hits in the top of the 5th for an 11-1 lead.
The Crusaders scored again in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Jessep Polk to cut into the lead until the Bobcats scored their final three runs on three hit in the 7th inning for a 14-2 advantage.
A solo home run from freshman catcher Chuck Lawing in the 7th put another run on the board for North Greenville before the Crusader offense came alive in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Freshman Matt Eubanks led off the 8th inning with a walk, followed by a single from George to put runners on the corners before freshman Zac Davis drove in a run with an RBI single. An RBI double from Mike Habas drove in two more runs for the Crusaders as the scoring stopped there sealing the eight-run victory for the Bobcats.
Junior right-hander Kelvin Minnig was hit with the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Freshman Chase Day pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs on three hits with two strikeouts, while sophomore Ben Kramm allowed three runs on three hits with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings on the mound. Freshman Colton Grant finished the game with a perfect 9th inning, striking out one batter.
Lawing finished the game 2-for-2 with a home run and an RBI while fellow catcher Wheeler Smith was also 2-for-2 in the game. Polk was 2-for-4 with an RBI as Habas finished the game 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
The Crusaders (4-15, 1-2 Conference Carolinas) will resume conference tomorrow, March 14 at 3:30pm against King University in Tigerville.