Pioneers Down Crusaders On Road
Greeneville, TN – After a winning a series weekend at home, the Crusaders took to the road for a matchup with Tusculum College, dropping the non-conference contest 18-8 on Monday night.
The scoring for North Greenville began in the second inning of play, as Andrew Lawrence led off the inning with a double down the right field line.
A single by Tyler Mitchell put runners on the corners as Jessep Polk followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in a run to put the Crusaders ahead 1-0. Freshman Wheeler Smith ended the scoring for North Greenville with an RBI double to give the Crusaders two run lead.
However, the lead was short-lived as Tusculum scored three runs of its own in the bottom of the second to gain a one run edge.
The Crusaders regained the lead in the top of the third, taking advantage of two errors by the Pioneers and scoring four runs on five hits, highlighted by a two-run home run from Allen Staton and RBI single from Smith and Foley George to lead 6-3 after three innings of play.
Over the next four innings, the Pioneers scored 15 runs on 17 hits to build an insurmountable lead that the Crusaders were unable to overcome.
North Greenville put two more runs on the scoreboard in the eighth on an RBI single from Luke Hostetler and an RBI double by Adam Taylor to make the final score 18-8 in favor of
Smith led the Crusaders at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 on the day, including a double with two RBI, while Mitchell was 1-for-3 with a season-high three runs scored. Staton was also 1-for-3, including his team-leading 11th home run of the season, with a run scored and two RBI.
Lawrence suffered the loss on the mound for North Greenville, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just four innings of work.
Tyler Wirsu struggled through 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, while Bradley Scruggs three runs on three hits in one inning on the mound. Senior Griffin Spires also allowed three runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning as Colby Tollison allowed just one hit in 1 1/3 of relief.
The Crusaders (16-27, 7-14 in Conference Carolinas) will travel to Bristol, TN on Friday, April 19 for a three-game series with King University as the push for the Conference Carolinas Tournament continues. First pitch on Friday is set for 3:30 p.m.