Eagles Split with North Greenville
April 8, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Carson-Newman's Justin Higdon (Ooltewah, Tenn.) pitched six shutout innings as the Eagles bounced back with a 10-3 win in game two to split a doubleheader with North Greenville on Wednesday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex in Jefferson City. The Crusaders won game one, 9-4.
With the split, C-N moves to 22-17 overall, while NGU falls to 8-31.
The Eagles managed only five hits and each of their six pitchers allowed an earned run as the Crusaders took the opener, 9-4.
Freshman Anthony Foulk (Genoa, Ill.) went 3-for-4 and had three RBIs to lead the NGU offense. His two-run double in the seventh was part of a four-run inning that helped the Crusaders put the game out of reach. He was inches from another two RBIs in the third inning when his bases-loaded line drive clipped teammate Tyler Callicutt (Pittsboro, N.C.) for the final out of the inning.
C-N's Evan Patterson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the only Eagle with multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases.
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, capitalizing on three NGU errors, but still managed to leave the bases loaded.
Junior Derek Long (Jefferson City, Tenn.) roped a two-out line drive to left, but left fielder Chris Harbit (Charleston, S.C.), who homered in the game, had Long played perfectly to take away at least two more C-N runs.
Senior Devin Vance (Taylors, S.C.) went the distance for NGU, striking out five and overcoming five errors behind him.
Higdon allowed just three hits in his first six innings and C-N scored four first inning runs to quickly take an NGU sweep out of play in the 10-3 win.
The Ooltewah, Tenn. native struck out three and scattered six hits to get the win (5-4).
Long chipped in with the offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Patterson added a single and two stolen bases.
Junior Corey Lamson (Gray, Tenn.) added two hits, including a solo home run, his first of the season.
Sophomore Wesley Dozier's (Cornelious, N.C.) first-inning double sparked the Eagles to four runs in the frame. The Eagles' third baseman blasted an offering from Chad Drosieko (Easley, S.C.) into the gap in right-center to score Aaron Vargas (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) from second, who had reached on a walk.
Long, Mills Rogers (Simpsonville, S.C.), and Lamson would all follow with hits in the inning as the Eagles gave Higdon all the runs he would need.
Freshman catcher Mason Guymon (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) would plate fellow-freshman Zach Long (Jefferson City, Tenn.) with an RBI-single as part of a three-run third inning. Both Longs, Derek and Zach, had hits in the inning. NGU put up three runs in the top of the seventh, but not until the Eagles had built a 10-0 lead.
Carson-Newman returns to action on Friday after at Mars Hill College. First pitch of the South Atlantic Conference series opener is at 3 p.m. Saturday's scheduled doubleheader is set to begin at noon.