Tigerville, SC – Despite a second straight complete game from senior Ryan Woodring the Crusader baseball team dropped game one of the three-game series 2-1 to Conference Carolinas opponent King University on Friday afternoon.
Over the first four innings of play Woodring was almost unhittable, allowing just one hit to Tornado batters before King broke loose for two runs in the top of the 5th inning. King was able to score two unearned runs with two outs on the board after a costly error to gain the 2-0 lead.
However, the Crusaders would cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th when Matt Cooper reached base after being hit by a pitch, followed by a single from Jessep Polk to put runners on first and second. After two strikeouts left runners on first and second with two outs, junior Mike Habas drove home a run with an RBI single.
The Tornado recorded just three hits over the final three innings but the North Greenville offense went stagnant leading to the one-run loss at home.
Woodring took the unfortunate loss after throwing a complete game on the mound, allowing two unearned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts.
Habas led the Crusaders finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI, while senior Taylor Hollifield was 1-for-3 with his 4th double of the season. Polk and sophomore Wheeler Smith were both 1-for-3 in the game as junior Josh Sealey also recorded a hit of his own.
North Greenville (4-16, 1-3 Conference Carolinas) and King will square off again in a double-header tomorrow with the first pitch of the day scheduled for Noon at Ashmore Field.