Redshirt sophomore Spencer Faulker rounding second base, heading to third. Faulkner currently has 27 hits on the season and a batting average of .284. PN Photo/Mykayla Brady.

By Andrew Thrift, Copy Chief

The Braves took on the Crusaders at Abbey Yard for three games over the weekend which resulted in a double-header victory for the Braves and a single game loss.

On Friday March 25, the Braves headed to Belmont, NC to take on the Crusaders. The Crusaders defeated the Braves with a seven run lead, 12-5. An ill-timed error by the Braves opened
up the gates for three unearned runs for the Crusaders.

The next day, the Braves returned with revenge for a double header against the Crusaders. The Braves pushed the energy for good by sending its entire batting order to the plate and plating six runs.

Christian Jayne gave the Braves the lead with a two-run single to centerfield. Andrew Mills gave
the Braves a three-run homer to left field to give the Braves the lead against the Crusaders.

The Braves took the win against the Crusaders 11-8.

The second game of the double-header, the Crusaders, Connor Tucker, moved into scoring position on a balk and gave the Crusaders their second lead of the contest where he scored on a groundout to the left side of the infield.

The Braves’ Ethan Ott recorded a single and was able to steal second base after a wild pitch. Ott would then score off of a single hit by Jayne, tying the game 3-3.

Gage Hammonds then followed with a double, bringing Jayne in to give the Braves the lead first of the game, 4-3.

Trent Harris pushed the advantage out to a pair of runs on a RBI single next at-bat getting the Braves their second victory 17-5.

The Braves are currently 21-8 and are first in conference with a record of 13-2. UNC Pembroke’s next game is Friday April 1, where they take on the second placed team in conference, North Greenville.