Season-High 20 Hits Leads Crusaders Over Mars Hill
Mars Hill, NC – The Crusaders continued to dominate at the plate, pounding out a season-high 20 hit in a 12-5 win over Mars Hill College in the second game of a home-and-home series on Wednesday afternoon.
North Greenville picked up where they left off from the day before, scoring six runs on six hits in the first inning of play. An RBI-single by Frank Polino, followed by a three-run home run from Tyler Mitchell began the scoring before an RBI-double by Adam Taylor capped off the inning with the Crusaders ahead by six runs.
In the third inning, North Greenville put two more on the board to build an eight-run lead before the Lions jump on the board with three runs on five hits to make the score 8-3 after three full in favor of the Crusaders.
The Lions scored another run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to four runs. However, the Crusaders scored one run in each of the next four innings to build the lead to 12-4 after eight.
A run by Mars Hill in the bottom of the ninth cut the lead to 12-5 but Allen Staton shut the door in the final inning as North Greenville claimed its second win in a row.
Senior Andrew Lawrence recorded his second win of the season, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts on the mound.
Bo Lucas pitched two innings of relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts, while Aaron Gates pitched a perfect inning of relief in his seventh appearance of the season. Staton allowed one run on two hits with a strikeout in the ninth inning to close the door on the Lions.
Polino was a star at the plate, finishing the day 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Mitchell recorded a 3-for-5 day with two runs scored and three RBI, including his ninth home run of the season which ties the single-season record for North Greenville.
Staton was also 3-for-5 with a double and his ninth home run of the season, two runs scored and an RBI, while Jessep Polk was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Wheeler Smith also finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI as Taylor Hollifield finished 2-for-5 with a run scored in the game.
The Crusaders (13-22, 4-11 in Conference Carolinas) will take a day off before hitting the road to begin a three-game series with Belmont Abbey College on Friday, April 5 in Belmont, NC starting at 2:30 p.m.