Dobbs Hit Game-Winning Home Run To Lead Claflin Over Clark Atlanta  




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Orangeburg, S.C. – Gerardric Dobbs hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth-inning as Claflin University rallies past Clark Atlanta University, 7-6, in a non-conference collegiate baseball game at Mirmow Field, Wednesday (Feb. 26).

The win, Claflin second straight, improved the Panthers season worksheet to 4-7 heading into this weekend’s Peach Belt Conference series at UNC-Pembroke. The three-game series gets underway Friday (Feb. 28) at 6 p.m. followed by single games on Saturday (Feb. 29) and Sunday (Mar. 1) at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

In defeating Clark Atlanta for the sixth straight game, the Panthers were down to their last strike with Jalen Sprull reached second base for Claflin, representing the tying run.  Justice Page immediately put Dobbs in the hole at 0-2, setting the stage for the game-winning homerun on the next pitch. Dobbs drilled the pitch over the left-field wall.

Claflin never led in the game until Dobbs hit. Clark Atlanta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and increased the margin to 3-0 with another run in the third. Claflin closed the gap to 3-2 with a pair of runs in its bottom half of the third and later tied game at 3-3 in the fifth. The Panthers only had two hits at that point of the game.

Clark Atlanta added three runs over the next two innings for 6-3 lead heading in the bottom of the seventh.

It was in that inning, Danzel Lucas pulled the Panthers within a run at 6-5, belting a two-run homer across the centerfield wall.

The score remained that way until Dobbs electrifying hit in the ninth.

Sprull and Lucas were the only Claflin players with two hits, which had six hits in the game. Malik James had a double for the Panthers.

Calvin Butler had a solo home run and Daniel Gray added two hits to lead Clark Atlanta, now 4-6 on the season.

Dermus Strozier picked up the win for the Panthers, shutting down the Clark Atlanta offense in the last two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Page was the losing pitcher for Clark Atlanta.

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