Crusaders pull away for win over BrevardMarch 29, 2016
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Brevard was unable to recover from an early surge by North Greenville’s offense, falling 9-3 in nonconference baseball action Tuesday evening at Ashmore Field.
The Crusaders (25-9), ranked eighth in the Southeast Region in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, struck for three runs off Brevard (12-23) starter Tyler Timms in the first inning and never looked back on their way to securing a three-game sweep over the Tornados in the season series.
North Greenville was also able to notch single runs in the third and fourth frames, although Brevard got a run back on Hunter Donaldson’s fourth inning sacrifice fly that plated Pat Quinn. The Tornados appeared poised for a comeback after scoring twice on five hits in the sixth inning, cutting North Greenville’s deficit to 6-3.
A one-out double and three consecutive singles allowed a pair of runs to score, prompting the Crusaders to go to the bullpen. Daniel Kight gave up a single to the first batter he faced to load the bases with one away, but got a double play ball to escape the inning.
The Crusaders’ momentum carried into the bottom of the frame, where the hosts tacked on three insurance runs to double their advantage. Both pitching staffs largely settled into a groove over the final three innings, with neither team able to plate a run.
Timms suffered the loss for Brevard, moving his record on the season to 1-2. The Tornados’ starter allowed six runs, two of which were unearned, on 10 hits through his five innings of work. He didn’t allow a walk while striking out three batters. Five Tornados combined to pitch the final three North Greenville frames. Dalton McKee was impressive in extended work, holding the Crusaders without a hit in 2.0 innings.
Tucker Burgess earned the win for the Crusaders to remain perfect on the season in three decisions. He allowed five hits and a run to the Tornados with four strikeouts before ceding to the bullpen for the final three innings.
Brevard will return to action tomorrow against Erskine, playing the second of five consecutive games against teams ranked in this week’s NCBWA Southeast Region poll. The No. 7 Flying Fleet travel to Gil Coan Field for a 3:00 p.m. clash on Wednesday.