Baseball: Panthers top Maryville in GSAC opener
LaGrange opened it 2012 Great South Athletic Conference schedule with a 6-2 win over Maryville on Saturday in Williamson Stadium at Cleaveland Field. The Panthers are now 9-15 overall, while the Scots slipped to 10-12.
Webster pitched the first 4-1/3 innings for the Panthers. He allowed five hits, two runs, walked three and struck out four.
Matt Dyer (1-1) pitched six innings to take the loss for Maryville. Dyer allowed five runs on 11 hits, while walking two and striking out four.
The two teams left 15 men on base each. The Panthers had six stolen bases in the game, with Josh Shiver having two. Mikee Moore had two stolen bases for Maryville.
The Panthers scored three runs in the fourth inning to go up 3-0. Eichelberger drove in the first run with a single to center and Kinsey finished the inning with a two-out two-run base hit to left field. The Panthers had five hits in the inning.
Maryville scored both of its runs in the fifth to cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2. The Scots scored both of their runs on wild pitches by Webster.
Strack relieved Webster with one out in the fifth. He pitched out of jams in the next three innings, as Maryville left the bases loaded twice.
The Panthers scored two runs in the seventh to make it 5-2. Lee drove in both runs with a base hit off relief pitcher Wes Dobson's glove that got into right field.
In the eighth, the Panthers added another run without benefit of a hit. The Panthers walked four times in the inning, with Cody Muren scoring on a wild pitch for the 6-2 final score.
The two teams will finish their weekend series with a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.