Friday, May 15, 2015

Thomasville, N.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team was eliminated from the NCAA Southeast Tournament on Friday afternoon after a 2-0 loss to Wingate University in the tournament's first elimination game.

The contest was scoreless until the third inning when the Bulldogs scratched the game's first run on an RBI groundout. NGU starter Hunter Dilworth would keep the powerful Wingate lineup in check for the next four innings. He allowed four hits but struck out five, working around trouble in the first, third, and sixth innings as Wingate left six runners on board. Dilworth pitched seven innings for NGU.

The Bulldogs rode the momentum of an outstanding start from Jimmy Doolittle. Doolittle pitched seven perfect innings of baseball, keeping the Crusaders off balance at the plate for most of the day. Drew Lipscomb delivered NGU's first hit of the game in the eighth but would be left stranded at first base. Doolittle finished with eight strikeouts in a complete game shutout.

Wingate would tack on one more run in the home half of the eighth on a passed ball to extend the lead to 2-0. North Greenville would get its second base runner on in the ninth inning as Wheeler Smith would reach on a walk and advance to third, but a long fly ball to left field would end the game.

The Crusaders finish the 2015 season at 29-25 after this weekend's tournament.