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Eagles take two from Crusaders

Grant Kelley hit a 3-run homer in game 1Grant Kelley hit a 3-run homer in game 1

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JEFFERSON CITY, TN. – The Carson-Newman Eagles held on for a 6-4 win in Game 1, and exploded in Game to win 15-1, in a doubleheader sweep of North Greenville University on Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City.

The Eagles improve to 40-16 with the two seven-inning wins. North Greenville falls to 8-36-1.

Game 1: C-N 6, NGU 4

Senior Nick Achberger and sophomore Mills Rogers each drove in two runs as C-N built a 6-1 lead in Game 1, and hung on to win 6-4.

Carson-Newman (39-16) struck quickly as Achberger’s first inning RBI single gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The First-Team All-SAC selection lined an offering from North Greenville starter Mike Benjamin through the right side to score Wesley Dozier, who had reached on an infield single.

The Eagles added two in the second as first baseman Derek Long led off with a double to right center. Rogers followed, lining a single back up the middle, giving the Eagles second and third with no outs. Long would later score on a passed ball, and Rogers would make it 3-0, scoring on an RBI single by catcher Jonathan McMahon.

C-N added three in the fifth to extend the lead to 6-1.

Centerfielder Jason Gray right fielder Corey Lamson, Achberger, and Rogers each had hits in the inning as C-N appeared to put the game out of reach.

However, the Crusaders answered to make things interesting.

A three-run home run by first baseman Grant Kelley off of C-N starter Jeremy Yoder cut the lead to two at 6-4. Yoder would work his way out of the inning, striking out two to close out the inning.

Sophomore Michael Elliott came on to work a perfect ninth for his fifth save, to close out the win.

Game 2: C-N 15, NGU 1

Carson-Newman pounded out 19 hits in their final home game of the season in beating North Greenville 15-1.

Achberger led the way, going 3-for-4 in his final home game, with three RBIs and scoring three times.

C-N had five players finish with multiple hits in the game, as it plated 10 runs in the first to innings to quickly put the game away.

Junior Tyler Wynn added sixth inning home run to cap things off for the Eagles.

NGU will end the season Wednesday night at North Georgia College and State University.

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