News - Baseball tied for final SLIAC tourney bid with split at Blackburn

Baseball tied for final SLIAC tourney bid with split at Blackburn

Baseball tied for final SLIAC tourney bid with split at Blackburn

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

CARLINVILLE, Ill. -- The baseball team needed to keep winning series as they wrap up their push to the SLIAC baseball tournament in Greenville later this season, and they moved into a tie for the fourth position in the tournament with a split of their games against Blackburn.

Game 1 Recap

Thirteen hits weren't enough for Greenville as they lost a 12-11 slugfest at Blackburn.

Nate Miller had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and tripled in the seventh inning.

Blackburn jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Greenville cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third after a sacrifice fly by Shane Olmsted and an RBI ground-out by Jesse Getz.

Blackburn got one of the runs back immediately in the bottom of the third.

Dathan Berning's fourth inning homer made the score 4-3, but Blackburn tacked on four runs for an 8-3 lead.

Greenville's bats awakened in the fifth inning as Mike Hardin hit a three-run homer and Trevor Montgomery produced an RBI single.

The Panthers tied the game 8-8 in the sixth on an RBI single by Danny Strohm.

Blackburn regained the lead with a run in the sixth.

In Greenville's half of the seventh inning, the Panthers took an 11-9 with Miller's RBI triple, a run-scoring groundout by Travis Ralls, and an RBI double from Montgomery.

Blackburn scored three runs on three singles in the seventh off of Panther hurler Austin Marsh.

Game 2 Recap

The Panthers continued to pile up the runs on Saturday, scoring 13 runs over the last three innings as they picked up a 15-4 win.

Blackburn took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second.

Greenville tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third with Hardin's RBI single.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Getz's RBI single, but Blackburn tacked on two runs to regain the lead.

Greenville's fifth inning saw them score four times.  Miller executed a perfect squeeze play, and Ralls added a sacrifice fly.  Olmsted followed with a two-run homer to give Greenville a 6-3 lead.

The Panthers scored five runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Danny Strohm, a two-run double by Trevor Montgomery, and a two-run triple by Shane Olmsted.

Olmsted racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Panthers.

Phillip Reedy got the win for the Panthers. He allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings. Reedy struck out three, walked two, and gave up 13 hits.

The Panthers (16-19, 11-7 SLIAC) travel to St. Louis to face Fontbonne on Wednesday night in a doubleheader.

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This story was published on April 23, 2016

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