Baseball: Emory edges Panthers 2-1 in last at-bat

Baseball: Emory edges Panthers 2-1 in last at-bat

ATLANTA, Ga. - Emory pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge LaGrange 2-1 on Wednesday. It was the second straight loss for the Panthers (2-2), whille the Eagles won their season opener.

Gibson Bittner started for LC and went 5-2/3 innings. Bittner gave up a run, four hits, and struck out five. Tanner Chafin (0-1) took the loss, allowing an unearned run in three innings of work.

Emory's Richard Brereton went eight innings, holding the Panthers to a run on four hits. Jack Brodsky (W, 1-0) pitched the ninth inning to get the win.

The Eagles led 1-0 after six innings. LC tied the game in the seventh. McKinley Erves, who had two of the Panthers' hits, had a single and stole second. Trey Pearce tripled to right field to drive in the tying run.

Chafin worked out of a major jam in the bottom of the eighth. Emory loaded the bases with one out, but Chafin got an inning-ending double play to end the threat. 

In the ninth, the Eagles loaded the bases once again with one out. Chaffin got a force out at home for the second out. The winning run came across on the Panthers' fifth error of the game for the 2-1 final.

The Panthers host Virginia Wesleyan in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader Friday. Game times are 2 and 5 p.m. The series ends with a game Saturday at 2 p.m.