SWU sweeps Crusaders
Saturday, February 16, 2008
SWU sweeps Crusaders

CENTRAL, SC--Guy Howard pitched five strong innings in game one today as SWU defeated North Greenville 7-3 and 8-5.

Howard grabbed his third win of the season in good fashion as he scattered four hits over five innings while allowing just one earned run as the Warriors defeated the Crusaders in game of today's twinbill.

SWU struck first in the opening inning as Brian Flanagan reached on an error and later scored off the bat of Kevin Brown as he drilled a homerun over the left field wall to send the Warriors to a 3-0 lead. SWU added three more in the second inning as Josh Dawalt singled, stole second and then scored as Dustin Smith doubled. Smith would eventually score off a single by Flanagan. Flanagan scored later in the inning as Brandon Brown delivered a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.

SWU added their seventh run in the fourth inning as Smith reached first after being hit by a pitch and scored off another rbi single by Flanagan. That would be all of the scoring for the Warriors as Howard pitched deep in the game and junior Creighton McCallum pitched two innings in relief, giving up one unearned run off just one hit.

North Greenville scored lone runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. All but one run was unearned as SWU again struggled at times in the field.

Game two had the Warriors hanging on late in the game as NGU battled back from a 7-1 deficit to close within one run in the bottom of the fifth. Jeff England picked up the win on a pre-determined pitch count that had him going four innings, allowing just one run off four hits. The senior hurler struck out three and walked one Crusader hitter. Lincoln Miller came on in relief of England and struggled with some control issues giving up four runs off three hits. Miller walked one batter and hit two in his short stint. Sophomore Dustin Belk relieved Miller and pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing no runs off one hit.

Kody Hightower provided the spark in game two at the plate as he hit a bases clearing triple in the second inning and hit a solo homerun in the sixth to give SWU a three run lead entering the final inning.

Robert Caldwell added three hits in the win as he went 3 for 3 with a double and two singles.

The Warriors will now gear up for a busy week as they host Atlanta Christian on Tuesday, travel to Anderson University on Wednesday and host nationally ranked AUM next weekend.

The series sweep pushed SWU to 8-3 overall on the young season. NGU fell to 1-11.