News - Baseball closes spring trip with 11-7 loss to Ripon

Baseball closes spring trip with 11-7 loss to Ripon

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The baseball team's final game of their Florida trip ended with an 11-7 loss to Ripon as the Panthers played at Chain of Lakes Park, the former Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.  A six-run bottom of the sixth inning by Ripon was the Panthers poison.

Greenville fell behind early, allowing two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

After a single run in the top of the third and two runs in the top of the fourth, Greenville held a 3-2 lead through three and a half innings.

Ripon got two runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead, and the Panthers tied the game again with a run in the top of the fifth.

Ripon grabbed lead for the third time with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and Greenville took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth.  However, Ripon's six runs in the bottom of the sixth gave them an 11-6 lead that they would not relinquish.

The Panthers tried to battle back with a run in the top of the seventh, but the damage was done.

Greenville was led by Trevor Montgomery who went 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Tyler Whitworth saw his first action of the spring in right field and had a 2-for-3 game with three RBI.

C.J. Opp started the game on the mound for Greenville and went one inning, allowing two runs on two hits.

Michael Wittmer was tagged with the loss as he permitted three runs on five hits in a two-inning relief effort.

The Panthers (1-7) return to Greenville for a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Spalding University.

This story was published on March 18, 2015




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