Mount Olive, N.C.—NGU dropped a Conference Carolinas series to #13 Mount Olive on Saturday after a double-header split with the Trojans. NGU followed up a 3-1 win in game one with an 11-7 loss, dropping the series 2-1.
Taylor McCuen's three run blast in the first inning of Saturday's first game would be all NGU needed to even the series up at 1-1. McCuen's fourth homer of the season would score Josh Black and Foley George to give NGU a 3-0 lead.
The three run cushion would be all NGU would need in the opener of Saturday's twin bill as Ryne Frankoff turned in his best performance of the year on the mound with a perfect performance through 4.5 innings. Frankoff finished a six inning performance allowing one run on four hits.
Adam Boghosian would earn his league leading 11th save of the season in the seventh inning closing the door on the Trojans with three strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh as NGU improved to 23-21 on the season and 12-11 in league play.
A three run sixth inning for NGU would tie the score at 4-4. Drew Lipscomb and Shaquille Rolle would come up with RBI for the Crusaders with a two run double and an RBI ground out to even the tally. Allen Staton would lead the Crusaders in game two going 4-4 with three runs scored. Lipscomb finished 2-4 with two RBI while Jae Roberts was 2-4 with two runs scored.
The Trojans would scratch runs in the seventh and eighth innings as they broke the tie and extended their lead 11-4. The Crusaders would put a scare in 13th ranked Mount Olive in the top of the ninth. Foley George would come up big for NGU with a two run single while Rolle would add another run with a single to cut the lead to 11-7. NGU's rally would fall short of its mark however as the Trojans worked themselves out of a jam as NGU stranded two runners.
The Crusaders fall to 23-22 after the game two loss and 12-12 in league play. NGU will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on Benedict College on Monday afternoon.