Huntingdon edges Panthers 5-4 to take GSAC series
The Panthers were not able to hold an early 3-0 lead. After Huntingdon took a 4-3 lead, the Panthers tied the game with a run in the seventh inning. The Hawks answered with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning and held on for the win.
Doug Scherer (0-2) started and went eight innings for the Panthers. Scherer allowed five runs; four earned, while scattering nine hits. He walked only one and struck out eight. James Connell pitched a scoreless inning.
The Panthers had eight hits in the game. Robbie Shelton had two hits, including his team-leading ninth home run. Jordan Martinec was a perfect 2-for-2 as the designated hitter.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the second inning with one out. Amauri Smith was hit by a pitch to force in Craig Mobley with the game's first run. Mobley had walked to start the inning.
In the third inning, the Panthers upped their lead to 3-0. Shelton hit Blake Gillies' first pitch of the inning over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. One out later, Mobley reached on a single, scoring later on an error to make it 3-0.
Huntingdon cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning on Kyle Eller's two-run home run. The Hawks took a 4-3 lead in the fourth with two more runs. The runs came on a wild pitch and a two-out error.
The Panthers tied the game in the seventh inning. Brent Kinsey walked with one out and stole second. With two outs, Smith singled through the left side to score Kinsey with the tying run.
The Hawks retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Shawn Bezwiechin led off the inning with a home run to right center and a 5-4 lead. The Panthers had runners at second and third with one out in the eighth inning but were unable to score.
The Panthers play at the University of the South (Sewanee) on Wednesday. They host Piedmont in a three-game GSAC series beginning Friday.