Baseball: Panthers rally to down Millsaps 5-4

Baseball: Panthers rally to down Millsaps 5-4

JACKSON, Miss. - LaGrange rallied for a 5-4 win over Millsaps on Sunday at Twenty Field. It was the final game of the Millsaps Tournament. 

The Panthers (4-3) went 1-2 in the tournament, with all three games decided by one run. The Panthers have played five one run games already this season.

The Panthers overcame a 4-2 deficit with a three-run fifth inning. The bullpen shut down Millsaps (2-4) over the final four innings to preserve the win.

"This was a great win. It was good to pull out a close game," said Coach David Kelton. "Eric Morell did a great job getting out of some tough situations. Once he settled in, he was able to give us some good innings on the mound."

The Panthers got a run in the first inning and another in the second to go up 2-0. Blake Butcher and Keith Sims drove in both runs with sacrifice flies.

The Majors came back with three runs in the bottom of the second and one in the fourth off Morell (2-0). He allowed the four runs on six hits in five innings of work.

The Panthers answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. The Panthers put runners on the corners with a Tavin Thompson single, a wild pitch, and a base hit by Casey Bell.

Cain Sauls' double drove in Thompson as Bell ended up at third. Bell scored the tying run as Butcher grounded out. Blane Swift's two-out single brought Sauls home with the go-ahead run to make it 5-4.

The bullpen shut down the Majors over the final four innings. Jonathan Fleckenstein surrendered just one hit in three innings of work. Adam DeWitt set the Majors down in order in the ninth, striking out the last two batters, to pick up his first save of the season.

The Panthers had 10 hits in the game. Swift had three hits, while Sauls and Thompson each had two.

"The guys did a great job with their approach at the plate," Kelton pointed out. "Swift had the big two-out hit that won the game for us."

The Panthers are scheduled to play at Sewanee on Thursday.