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Tusculum takes two from Crusaders

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GREENEVILLE, TN-- Tusculum College swept a doubleheader against visiting North Greenville University Wednesday at Pioneer Park. Tusculum swept the pair by scores of 13-7 and 18-0 to post its 14th straight win, tying a school record for most consecutive victories.

Aaron Hudgins led the Pioneers (35-10) at the plate as he went 5-for-6 on the day with five RBI and scored three runs.

Game 1: No. 16 Tusculum 13, North Greenville 7


Tusculum jumped out to 6-0 lead in the first inning, but had to hold off a mid-game rally en route to a 13-7 win in the opener.

Tusculum sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning as the Pioneers posted five singles, including a two-run base hit by Matt Webb. TC would lead by six (7-1) heading into the fourth frame.

NGU responded in a big way with a five-run inning, including Rick Broadway's grand slam down the left field line to cut the deficit to 7-6.

Webb gave Tusculum some breathing room with his two-run homer to left field, his sixth of the season and third round-tripper in two games.

Tusculum added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to put the game away. The Pioneers recorded 14 hits, including Webb's 3-for-4 effort. Hudgins went 3-for-3, while Christian Rosa added two hits in the win.

The Crusaders tallied 13 hits in the loss, including Cory Hinton's three-hit performance and two hits each by Mike Reis and Curt Marshall.

Tusculum starter Michael Handley improved his record to 5-1 while NGU's Grayson Smith suffered the loss to fall to 4-2 on the year.

Game 2: No. 16 Tusculum 18, North Greenville 0

Tusculum batted around twice in a 15-run, first inning as the Pioneers shutout North Greenville 18-0 in the night-cap. The Pioneers recorded nine hits and capitalized on five NGU errors. Tusculum led 10-0 before recording its first out, 12 batters into the inning.

Rosa and Carlos Rivera recorded the big hits of the frame. Rosa got the offense starter with his two-run blast over the center field wall to drive in Rivera. Rivera would drive in two runs himself in his second plate appearance with his eighth triple of the year.

Tusculum finished with 13 hits, including two hit performances by Gonzalez, Hudgins, Paul Finger and Aaron Porter. Dustin Morrow went drove in two runs with his single, extending his personal hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.
Boo Morrow remained perfect on the year as he scattered six hits in his four innings of work to improve his record to 4-0. Morrow, Ryan Pfleger, Eric Donahue and Chris Hanney combined on Tusculum's fourth shutout of the season.

Dylan Davidson went 2-for-3 for the Crusaders and held the Pioneers at bay for the last four innings from the mound as he scattered a pair of hits and struck out six.

NGU returns to action April 11th against Southern Wesleyan at Ashmore Field.

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