AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern baseball team rallied from three runs down in the series finale on Saturday at Hurricane Stadium to salvage a win over the weekend against the University of North Greenville. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opener on Friday before falling, 16-7. North Greenville cruised to a 5-0 win in Game 2 Friday night and GSW claimed the finale, 4-3.
The Hurricanes snapped a five-game losing streak and finished the weekend with a record of 4-6, while North Greenville left town with a mark of 8-3.
GSW returns to action on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. non-conference game at Middle Georgia State.
GAME 1: GSW 7, NORTH GREENVILLE 16
Zach Barron opened the scoring with a solo shot for the Hurricanes in their two-run second inning.
North Greenville got two runs back in the fourth inning with back-to-back solo home runs from Nathaniel Maggio and Taylor McCuen.
GSW took a four-run lead to the seventh before the bottom fell out. North Greenville brought 14 batters to the plate over an eight-run outburst that put the game out of reach. The Crusaders added five more in the ninth.
GSW used six pitchers. Starter Kyle Spinks did not factor in the decision despite holding NGU to three runs over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
GAME 2: GSW 0, NORTH GREENVILLE 5
The Hurricanes struggled to get their bats going against University of South Carolina transfer Canaan Cropper. GSW was held to three hits over the seven-inning game.
Cropper, the No. 2 high school prospect coming out of Maryland in 2013 according to Perfect Game USA, walked two and struck out nine.
GSW starting pitcher Dylan Brown (0-2) did his best to hang with Cropper, but surrendered one earned run over four innings to take the loss. Drew Powers was charged with one unearned run in two innings of relief.
GAME 3: GSW 4, NORTH GREENVILLE 3
The Hurricanes rallied from three runs down in the seventh inning to knock off North Greenville in the finale.
NGU scored a run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to put GSW in the three-run hole.
Facing another SEC transfer, GSW forced former University of Georgia hurler Blake Hamilton out of the game with two outs in the seventh. Dakota Long opened the frame with a double, moved over to third when Zach Barron grounded out to third and scored on the next play when Jared Jones grounded out to third. Following a walk to Andy Moore and a single by Aaron Crowe, NGU went to its bullpen. Back-to-back singles from Clay Patrick and Evan Alderman brought plated three runs and gave GSW the lead.