Crusaders Downed In Extra Innings
Tigerville, SC – In a game full of ups and downs the Crusaders dropped an extra-inning contest to the Trojans of Anderson Univeristy 7-4 in 11 innings on Wednesday night at Ashmore Field.
The Trojans struck first with two runs on four hits, including a solo home run in the game’s first at-bat, in the 1st inning to take the early 2-0 lead.
North Greenville cut the lead in half with an RBI double from sophomore Drew Lipscomb before Anderson got the run back in the 4th and added another in the 7th on a solo home run for a 4-2 lead.
In the 8th inning of play, senior Taylor Hollifield singled to left field and stole second base before scoring on a single by freshman Zac Davis. Davis was driven in on Lipscomb’s second double of the game to bring the Crusaders within one run.
The Crusaders continued to fight as sophomore Tyler Mitchell belted a solo home run to left field, his 5th of the season, to send the game into extra innings with the two teams tied at four runs apiece.
Neither team gained an edge until the 11th inning of play when Anderson took the lead on an error by the Crusader defense followed by two bases-loaded walks to seal the eventual 7-4 victory.
Freshman left-hander Chase Day was solid in his first career start, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work.
Fellow freshman Patrick Busscher allowed one run on two hits with strikeout in one inning of relief, while freshman Eric Hertel struck out a batter in one hitless inning on the mound.
Davis was hit with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings as freshman Shane Bishop pitched the final 2/3 of an inning, striking out one batter.
Lipscomb led the offense with a 3-for-5 performance including two doubles and two RBI, while sophomore Wheeler Smith was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Hollifield finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored as Davis was 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the game.
North Greenville (7-26, 2-10 Conference Carolinas) will host Belmont Abbey College in a three-game series beginning this Friday, April 4 at 3:30 at Ashmore Field.