Claflin Opens Three-Game Series With Win Over Bluefield State

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Craig Hopkins hit a three-run triple in the win

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Orangeburg, S.C. – Claflin University baseball team scored three runs in the third and five in the sixth to defeat Bluefield State College (WV) 8-1 Friday (Feb. 15) in the opening game of a three-game series at Historic Mirmow Field in Orangeburg, SC

The win, the third if four games, push Claflin record on 5-4 on the season.  The Big Blues fall to 0-3 on the season.

Craig Hopkins continued to play well for Claflin, finishing the game with two hits, including a three-RBI triple, and one run.

Edzaviah PaulEric McElveen and Nicholas Johnson also finished with two hits on the day.

Kyriq Woods knocked out one hit, a homerun, with one run and three RBIs on the night.

Dillon Parker, who was solid on the mound allowed only one run with six strikeouts in seven strong innings, picked up his second win on the season.

Angel Morel came in to give a solid two innings, only allowing one hit against seven batters faced.

Bluefield State was led by Kevon Moxey, who got the lone run for the Big Blues off a homerun.

Bayard Stevens went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits with five earned runs in being credited with the loss.

Bluefield State got on the scoreboard first as Moxey hit his homerun to lead off the top second.

Claflin quickly rebounded in its half of the inning, using three hits and one miscue by the Big Blues to score three runs to take a two-run lead.

Neither team scored over the next three innings and a half innings before the Panthers bats came back to life.

With two outs and two on in the bottom of the sixth, Hopkins tripled to bring in Clyde ParkerGrayland Fowler and Paul to put Claflin up by 6-1.  After McElveen walked, Gerardic Dobbs singled to left field to bring home Hopkins.

McElveen scored the Panthers final run off a fielding error by the Bluefield State to score the final run of the game for the seven-run victory.

The teams will meet in the middle game of the series, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.

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