GREENVILLE, Ill. - Greenville College baseball ushered in a new era under the lights on Saturday evening, splitting a double-header with Webster University by way of a 11-10 slugfest win in the opener and a 8-1 loss in the nightcap.
In game one Webster jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings as a two-run homer and a two-run single served GC an early deficit. Greenville stormed back with six runs of its own in the second and third innings, but a Webster four-run fourth put the Gorloks back up, 10-6. Greenville closed to 10-9 going into the bottom of the seventh, and scored the game winner on a bases-loaded walk.
The nightcap saw Webster break out strong again, pouncing on the Panthers for a 7-0 lead after two innings. Ten Gorloks batted in the first and eight reached base, five on hits, two hit batsmen, and a walk. In the second, three Panther errors contributed to three unearned Webster runs. Greenville College struggled to produce offensively and dropped the contest 8-1.
Displaying the split was Greenville College’s implementation of six NCAA-standard light fixtures that illuminated play on Saturday night. Robert E. (Ish) Smith, whom the field is named after, was present to help in the inauguration of the new field’s set.
“This is an exciting time for the college and for Panther baseball,” noted head coach and former GC standout athlete Lynn Carlson. “It truly is the mark of new era for us and we look forward to putting this enhancement to good use.”
The new installment features four 80ft outfield poles that boast 50 foot-candles’ of coverage and two 70ft poles that will brighten the Panther infield with a 70 foot-candle beam. All inserted fixtures will operate under NCAA specification compliance.
Dedicated to Greenville's ninth president on October 12, 1985, Robert E. Smith Field is one of the best accommodations found in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The park is located next to the college’s Francis Fields (football and soccer fields) in the John M. Strahl Athletic Complex only one mile south of the GC campus.
“This is a win-win for athletics and academics,” added Greenville College athletic director Doug Faulkner. “The opportunity to play night games reduces academic conflicts for athletes and enhances the overall student-athlete experience.”
Greenville College baseball finishes the 2012 season with an overall record of 16-12 (14-9 SLIAC) and end third in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Standings. The Black & Orange have clinched the No. 3 spot in the upcoming 2012 SLIAC baseball tournament and will face Fontbonne University (14-9 SLIAC) on Thursday, May 10 in first round play in Highland, Ill.. The Panthers will follow Thursday’s opener with a match that is TBA and will be played later that night.