Misenheimer, NC – The North Greenville baseball team broke its recent 10-game losing streak, splitting a double header with Pfeiffer University, winning game one 5-4 and dropping game two 6-5 on Saturday afternoon.
Pfeiffer gained an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring its first run in the 1st inning on a wild pitch.
The Crusaders responded just a few innings later, scoring five runs on just two hits in the top of the 4th inning. Junior Mike Habas lead off the inning with a double to left center before fellow junior Josh Sealey walked and sophomore Tyler Mitchell reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Sophomore Foley George reached on a fielder’s choice, driving in a run to tie the game at one run a piece.
Freshman Chuck Lawing walked to load the bases once again before senior Taylor Hollifield followed with a walk of his own to drive in a run and give North Greenville a one-run lead. Freshman Zac Davis drove in two more runs for North Greenville before a sacrifice fly from fellow freshman Matt Cooper put the Crusaders ahead 5-1 in the game.
The Falcons scored another run in the bottom of the 4th to cut into the Crusader lead and two more runs in the 5t before the North Greenville pitching staff quickly shut the door to secure the win.
Freshman Shane Bishop started on the mound for North Greenville, pitching 3 /23 innings and allowing two runs on one hit with five walks and two strikeouts.
Sophomore Ben Kramm earned his first career win after allowing two runs on one hit with three walks and a strikeout in one inning of work, while freshman Patrick Busscher allowed just one hit with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning on the mound. Senior Ryan Woodring recorded his first career save after allowing just one hit with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Davis led the Crusader offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in game one. Habas, Mitchell and Lawing each recorded a double and a run scored, while Cooper, Hollifield and George each drove in a run in the game.
The Crusaders carried over the momentum rom game one into the day’s second game, scoring five runs on four hits in the opening inning. Sealey drove in the game’s first run after reaching on an error, before Mitchell drove in two more runs with a two-RBI double.
George drove in the game’s fourth run on a groundout as an error by the Falcon defense helped the Crusaders gain an early 5-0 lead. However, the Falcons responded with three runs on five hits of their own in the bottom of the 1st before tying the game at 5-5 in the 4th inning.
In the 8th inning of play Pfeiffer’s Kevin Price led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on an error by the Crusader defense. Outfielder Jon Gray then doubled to left centerfield to drive in the eventual game-winning run for the Falcons.
Woodring started game two, pitching six innings on the mound and allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Chase Day suffered the loss after allowing on run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings before freshman Eric Hertel finished the game allowing one hit with a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning of relief.
Mitchell led the offense in game two, finishing 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, while George and Sealey also recorded an RBI each. Sophomore Jessep Polk was on base three times in the game, finishing 1-for-2 with a run scored and two walks as Cooper and Habas were both 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The Crusaders (5-22, 2-7 Conference Carolinas) will host non-conference opponent Anderson University of the South Atlantic Conference on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in Tigerville.