Get your Brooms, Panthers Sweep the Tigers
The Greenville College baseball team took on Iowa Wesleyan in a doubleheader Sat., April 10 at Robert E. Smith Field. The Panthers received some stellar pitching and timely hitting to allow themselves to get out their broomsticks for the afternoon sweep.
During the first game, the Panthers came out swinging. Mike Hardin scored the first run of the game for GC in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Shane Olmsted. Greenville tacked on two more runs in the third inning as Trevor Montgomery hit a hard ground ball to score Nate Miller and Travis Ralls hit a nice shot down the line to score Montgomery. In the fifth inning, the Panthers held a commanding 8-0 lead, and pitcher Ryan Strohm continued to shut the Iowa Wesleyan down. Strohm only allowed one run to score the entire game and completed what he started for the 8-1 GC win.
With the team hyped up from winning the first game of the day, the Panthers came out ready to sweep the doubleheader. Jonah Moore started game two on the mound for the Panthers. The Tigers started out on top by scoring two in the first inning. With an RBI from Montgomery, scoring Hardin, the Panthers cut the lead 2-1 after the first inning. Greenville then took the lead after Miller hit a towering home run in the third inning. Jason Collingwood came into pitch for the Panthers in the 4th inning and Greenville didn’t miss a beat. With sacrifice flies from Jesse Getz and Hardin, the Panthers remained in the lead by a score of 6-4. Adam Lamb came into pitch in the 7th inning after Collingwood pitched a miraculous 4 1/3 innings. Greenville still led 6-4, despite a defensive error. In the top of the ninth, Senior CJ Opp came in to finish the game with a save and the Panthers held on for the 7-5 victory.
Listen below to hear from R. Strohm and Miller about the two games.