Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville Baseball fell to 5-9 on the season Tuesday afternoon after dropping a pair of games to Lincoln Memorial University 2-0 and 10-1, in Tigerville.

The Crusaders fell behind early in game one after a first inning error scored an unearned run for the Railsplitters. A misplayed line drive to center field put the leadoff runner on third base to open the game, later scoring on an RBI groundout to first base.

LMU would plate another run I the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Crusaders struggled offensively all day, stranding runners on multiple occasions. NGU left the bases loaded in the second inning, while also stranding two in fifth. The Crusaders stranded nine all together, five of which were in scoring position in game one.

NGU pitching put together a strong performance in game one. Five North Greenville pitchers combined to pitch the seven inning contest, giving up one earned run on just five hits. The Crusaders struck out six and allowed five free passes.

Allen Staton was 3-3 in game one to lead the Crusaders at the plate. Andrew Locklear was 2-3 while Jae Roberts was 1-2 with a walk.

Game Two Box Score

The LMU bats got going in game two, as the Railsplitters outhit North Greenville 12-6. The Crusaders trailed by just one as the teams headed to the final three innings, but a big fifth frame put LMU up 7-0. North Greenville finally broke through in the home half of the fifth as Josh Black came around to score the first run of the day after singling earlier in the inning. North Greenville would fall victim to a strong pitching performance from LMU again however, leaving the bases loaded for the second time.

The Railsplitters would plate three more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 10-1. NGU tried to work a rally in the last inning, trying to build on a double from the bat of Mitchell Painter, but the Railsplitters ended the game on a double play after a walk put runners on first and second with one out.

Black finished game two 2-2 with NGU's only run scored while Tyler Mitchell went 1-2 with an RBI. Mitchell Painter finished the day 2-3.

The Crusaders look to play again this weekend in a three game set with Emmanuel College. Game one is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:30pm with a double-header scheduled for Saturday at 12 and 2. All games are weather permitting.