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NCWC rolls on diamond

ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishop baseball team honored its 2017 senior class on Sunday prior to its home doubleheader with Greensboro College.

NC Wesleyan went on to win the opener 5-0 before dropping game two 11-1.

Sunday's first game saw senior T.J. Wilkie turn in his strongest peformance of the season, combining with freshman Michael Smith for the shutout.

Wilkie (2-1) went seven complete, scattering three hits and striking out nine.

Smith earned his first first career save by tossing scoreless eighth and ninth frames.

Offensively, sophomore Trey Croom drove home a pair of runs with a double in the first, and it would be more than enough for Wilkie.

Croom finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored.

Sophomore Brandon Wheat also connected on a pair of doubles for the Bishops.

Greensboro's Hunter Curtis had two of the Pride's three hits, while starter Adam Murray (1-3) took the loss on the hill.

Unfortunately for NCWC, the nightcap was all Greensboro as the Pride erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to open up an 8-0 lead.

Braedon Jewitt was 4-for-4 to pace the GC offense, while Wesleyan's Brad Pennington ripped two of his team's four hits on the game.

Pride hurler Josh Evans moved to a perfect 3-0 on the season with the win, with NCWC's Nate Gardner dropping to 2-2.

Previously on Friday, the Pride (17-8, 5-4 USA South) earned a 4-3 victory in 11 innings in the series opener.

The Bishops got a solid outing from starter Ryan Grant, but missed out on several scoring opportunities down the stretch en route to the loss.

NCWC SOFTBALL: N.C. Wesleyan's softball team suffered a pair of road sweeps at USA South foes Covenant and Piedmont last Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Bishops now stand at 4-6 in conference play.

At Covenant on Friday, Wesleyan fell by 8-1 and 6-5 scores to the Scots.

Covenant broke a 1-1 tie with seven runs in the 6th inning of game one, while game two saw the Bishops' 7th-inning rally fall just short.

Senior Tiffany Manning went 4-for-4 in the nightcap to pace the NCWC offense.

At Piedmont on Saturday, the Bishops out-hit the Lions in the opener 5-4 but suffered a tough 2-0 defeat.

PC went on to overcome a 6-2 deficit in the finale with eight runs in their final four at-bats to steal the 10-7 victory.

Senior Lindsey Sharpe led Wesleyan's offense with a 3-for-4 performance that included a home run, double and three RBI.

NCWC GOLF: Junior David White earned the first medalist honors of his career over the weekend, carding rounds of 72 and 76 to lead his Bishop golf team to a first place finish at the Inaugural Eagle Invitational hosted by the University of Mary Washington.

North Carolina Wesleyan beat out the host Eagles and Marymount University to secure their second team title of the season, their first on the road.

The two round event was held at the par-71 Augustine Golf Club. White's 72 (+1) in the opening round led the field and gave him a one stroke advantage over teammates Grady Anderson, Luke Thornton, and Dustin Wood. With weather playing a factor in both rounds, White's day two 76 (+5) was good enough for a one stroke win over Anderson and UMW's Phillip Manceri, who shot a field-best 74 (+3) in the final round to tie for second place.


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