Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville baseball team hosted #22 University of Mount Olive, the top team in Conference Carolinas, on Friday afternoon as the Trojans swept a doubleheader 19-0 and 8-3 from the Crusaders at Ashmore Field.
In game one Mount Olive was in total control scoring 19 runs on 23 hits, including five doubles and five home runs, while the Crusaders were only able to muster two hits in the contest.
Sophomore Foley George finished the game 1-for-4, while junior Mike Habas was 1-for-2 at the plate.
Sophomore Ben Kramm took the loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings on the mound. Junior Stewart Hunt allowed four runs on four hits, facing six batters in the 4th, while freshman Zach Smith pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
Fellow freshman Chase Day allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings before being removed due to injury as freshman Patrick Busscher did not allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
The Trojans carried momentum into the second game of the day, scoring three runs in the first two innings before freshman Matt Cooper drove in junior Josh Sealey to make the score 3-1 in favor of Mount Olive after two innings of play.
Mount Olive was able to add another run in the 3rd inning, while tacking on four more runs in the 4th to build the lead to 8-1 over North Greenville.
However, the Crusaders continued to battle as sophomore Tyler Mitchell drove in two runs with a single in the 5th inning to cut the Trojan lead to 8-3 with just two innings to play.
Neither team was able to gain any ground in the final innings as Mount Olive secured the two-game sweep.
Senior Taylor Hollifield finished game two 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Mitchell was also 2-for-4 in the game with two RBI. Sealey recorded a 1-for-3 performance with a run scored, as did Cooper who also drove in a run of his own. Freshman Colton Grant had his first multi-hit game of his young career, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate.
Freshman Shane Bishop pitched four innings on the mound, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits with a strikeout in the loss, while fellow freshman Zac Davis allowed just two hits with two strikeouts in the final three innings of relief.
North Greenville (7-35, 2-17 Conference Carolinas) and Mount Olive will play the final game of the three-game series tomorrow at Noon in Tigerville.