MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team dropped a 6-3 decision to North Greenville on Wednesday at Newell Field. The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead after five innings and used a three-run eight inning to put the game out of reach.
The Cavaliers were limited to five hits and two of them came courtesy of second baseman Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) who also drove in a run. Designated hitter Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) went 1-2 with two RBI while shortstop John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) went 1-3 with a double. The Cavaliers used a total of six pitchers who collectively gave up 14 hits while striking out seven batters.
Montreat will welcome Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Tennessee-Wesleyan to town for a three-game series this weekend at Newell Field. Saturday, April 2nd will feature a double-header beginning at 1pm while the finale will begin at pm on Sunday, April 3rd.
BARBOURSVILLE, KY - The Montreat College baseball team dropped a three-game series to Union College (KY) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play over the weekend.
In the first game of the Friday double-header, Union grabbed a run in the fourth and fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the seventh, Chase Day (JR/Easley, SC) and scored on a John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) groundout to cut the deficit to 2-1. However, the Cavaliers were unable to score again as the Bulldogs came through with the close win. Montreat was limited to two hits for the game while Taylor Corneilus gave a strong performance on the mound, surrendering only two runs on ten hits.
In the second game on Friday, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings on their way to a 7-2 win. The Cavaliers again struggled offensively, coming up with only four hits, two of which came from Nick Bray (JR/Alpharetta, GA) who also knocked in a run.
In the series finale on Saturday, both teams found their groove offensively but it was the Bulldogs who would prevail in a 13-11 slugfest. Early on it looked like Union would run away with things, rolling to an 8-0 lead after the second inning. However, the Cavaliers' bats came to life and they used a three-run fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-6. Montreat would get back in the game in the seventh when they used a string of hits to score three runs and tie the game at 9-9. The Bulldogs would respond in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to take an 11-9 and would tack on two more runs in the eight to head into the final inning with a 13-9 lead. In the top of the ninth, the Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of hits from Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) and John Cassandra to start a rally. Both would end up scoring after Union pitchers threw three wild pitches. Despite having a runner on base and only one out, the Cavaliers' rally ended and Union escaped with the win.
Montreat collected fifteen hits on the game and were led by Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA), who went 3-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Grayson Snipes went 3-5 with a dobule and an RBI while Conner Bryant (JR/Sandy, OR) was 3-4 with a pair of RBI. John Cassandra also went 3-5 with a run scored.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Wednesday, April 30th when they host North Greenville at 2pm at Newell Field.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team took one of three games against Truett-McConnell in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
In the Thursday matchup, the Cavaliers jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings, but the Bears scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game and added two more in the top of the ninth to take the 8-6 victory. The Cavaliers racked up twelve hits during the game including two apiece from Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC), Nick Bray (JR/Alpharetta, GA), Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC), and Robert Hernandez (FR/Miami, FL). Chase Day (JR/Easley,SC) went 1-3 including a three-run home run that was part of the big first inning for the Cavaliers. Braeden Daniels (FR/Statesville, NC) went seven strong innings on the mound, giving up only two runs on six hits in the no decision.
In the first game of the Friday matchup, it took the Cavaliers six innings to score but they got four across the plate in a 4-2 win. Down 2-0 heading into the sixth inning, Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) drilled a 2-2 pitch over the wall to tie the game at 2-2. A Chase Day double would later drive in Frank Perez (FR/Miami, FL) to give Montreat a 3-2 lead and Robert Hernandez would drive in Mason Biddix (FR/Granite Falls, NC) with a base hit to make the score 4-2. Taylor Cornelius (SR/Lakeland, FL) was strong on the mound, giving up two runs on eight hits in the complete game win.
In the series finale, the Cavaliers went up 2-0 in the first inning but the Bears used a five-run fifth inning to propel them to an 8-4 win. Tray Hill went 1-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the 5th inning. Nick Bray led the Cavaliers with two hits in the loss.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday, March 23rd when they travel to Morris College for a double header.