News - Baseball secures SLIAC tournament bid with doubleheader sweep of Eureka

Baseball secures SLIAC tournament bid with doubleheader sweep of Eureka

Baseball secures SLIAC tournament bid with doubleheader sweep of Eureka

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

GREENVILLE, Ill. - The baseball team defeated Eureka in both ends of a doubleheader to clinch no worse than a tie for its second straight SLIAC East Division championship.  Greenville won 9-3 in game one before shutting out Eureka 8-0 in a two-hitter.

Game 1 Recap

The Panther bats were alive in game one of the evening as Travis Ralls recorded three hits to lead a group of six Panthers who posted two or more hits.  Trevor Montgomery, Shane Olmsted, Austin Marsh, Dathan Berning, and Jesse Getz joined Ralls with two hits.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Berning grounded into a double play to score Ralls, and Danny Strohm tallied an RBI single.

Eureka tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Greenville bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Ralls and Marsh provided RBI doubles, Olmsted had an RBI triple, and Jesse Getz recorded an RBI single.

Montgomery blasted a home run in the bottom of the fifth to give Greenville a 7-2 lead.

The Panthers got their final runs in the sixth when Montgomery hit a sacrifice fly, and Olmsted took a bases loaded walk.

Eureka scored once in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Strohm was the winning pitcher with 6 1/3 innings of three-run baseball.  He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five.

Game 2 Recap

After Greenville honored seniors Jason Collingwood, Dillon Reel, C.J. Opp, Berning, Montgomery, and Ryan Strohm between games, the Panthers posted four runs in the first inning en route to an 8-0 win.

Adam Lamb opened the game on the mound for Greenville with four innings of shut out baseball.  Both runners who reached base on a hit were picked off.  Lamb struck out one.

Reel picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.  He struck out three and walked one.

Opp was perfect in two innings with three strikeouts.

Collingwood closed the game with two strikeouts in an inning.

Greenville's opening four-run inning featured a sacrifice fly from Ralls, an RBI infield single from Olmsted, and a two run homer from Max Gabriel.

Greenville added to their lead in the fourth inning when Mike Hardin stole third and scored on a bad throw by the catcher.

Berning's RBI groundout in the fifth inning pushed Greenville's lead to 6-0.

Berning and Ralls added RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Greenville improved their record to 20-19 (15-7 SLIAC).  This marks the first time this season that the squad has a record above .500.  A loss by MacMurray in one of its final SLIAC games at Principia on Thursday will give Greenville the second seed in the tournament to be held in Greenville next week.

This story was published on May 03, 2016

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