Ninth Inning Rally Lifts Claflin Past Bluefield State




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Orangeburg, S.C. – The Claflin University Panthers pushed across two runs in bottom of the ninth inning in posting a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Bluefield State College on Saturday (Feb. 16) at Historic Mirmow Field.

Claflin, now 6-3, will go for the series sweep on Sunday (Feb. 17) at 1 p.m.

Edzaviah Paul and Craig Hopkins had two runs and one hit each for Claflin.

Gerardic Dobbs went 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI while Nicholas Johnson and Grayland Fowler had one run each.

Bluefield State was led by Tanner Ray who went 3-for-5 including a double, with two runs and two RBIs.

The Panthers entered the ninth inning trailing, 6-5, after Bluefield scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the one-run lead.

The game-winning rally started with one out. Paul reached on an error by the Bluefield State third baseman and later came home off a game tying double off the bat of Hopkins.

After an intentional walk to Eric McElveen followed by a wild pitch, the Panthers had runners at second and third with one out. Dobbs hit a grounder to third that was mishandled, allowing Hopkins to score the game-winning run.

Claflin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first-inning, sending eight batters to the plate, highlighted by run-scoring singles from McElveen and Dobbs.

Bluefield State tied the contest at 3-all with a run in the second followed by two-runs in the fourth.

After Bluefield State broke the tie with a run in the sixth inning, the Panthers regained the advantage in their half of the inning.  Claflin scored its first run of the inning as Clyde Parker hit a RBI grounder to short-stop.  Its second run came off a miscue by Bluefield State second baseman.

Makal Holloway picked up the win for Claflin in reliever of starter Eric Dubose.  Dubose went seven solid innings allowing nine hits, six runs with four strikeouts.

Carson Thigpen took the loss for Bluefield State who is now 3-3 on the season.

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