WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – GC Baseball headed to the sunshine state for their annual spring break road trip, looking to compete and bond as a team in 2011. The squad started competition with a double-header against Edgewood College on Monday, March 14. Despite their best efforts, the Panthers fell 6-4 in the first game and 5-2 in the second.
In game one, Edgewood College jumped out to an early lead, scoring on single runs in each of the first three innings of game one play. Two RBI singles by Eagle batters drove in the first two scorers in innings one and two, and a score off a passed ball in the third gave Edgewood the 3-0 advantage.
Starting Eagle pitcher Kyle Smith controlled the GC batters through the first three innings, allowing only three hits and striking out one, before an error opened up the fourth inning for the Panthers. The error put Greenville runners on first and second with two outs, before sophomore’s Adam Wallace and Ben Brown unloaded clutch back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 3-3.
The game remained tied until the sixth inning when the Eagles took the lead for good on a bases loaded double play ground ball. The Panthers struggled to produce offensively in the final innings, and the Eagles clinched the 6-4 win, picking up two insurance runs in the seventh.
Freshman Michael Wittmer picked up the loss for the Panthers going two innings with 3 earned.
Five Eagle pitchers threw in the game, but it was James Bertakis who earned the win after facing just one batter. Bertakis entered in the fifth inning and induced the decisive double play ground ball. He was still the pitcher of record when the Eagles took the lead in top of the sixth inning.
Greenville as a team scored four runs on 10 hits while only striking out four times collectively.
GC was led at the plate by sophomore Adam Wallace. Wallace, known primarily for his defensive prowess at catcher, went 2-3 with a run and a clutch RBI.
Game two ended much the same for the Panthers, as the Eagles again pushed past GC by a score of 5-2.
Daniel Covert was charged with the loss for the Panthers, going five innings and giving up five earned.
Senior Justin Hubbard led Greenville at the plate, batting 1-2 with an RBI.
Greenville will next hit the diamond against Anderson (Ind.) as they face off in a double header scheduled for Tuesday, March 15.