ELSAH, Ill. – The Greenville College baseball team opened their last series of the regular season at Principia on Friday, May 2. The Panthers were down early but ended up taking a 10-7 victory.
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Mitchell Cernek hit his second home run of the season to give Greenville a short-lived lead. Principia answered in the bottom of the third with a run of their own.
In the next inning, Principia exploded on offensive for six runs. They were up 7-1 going into the sixth when Greenville came back to score seven. The sixth inning included an RBI double from Dalton McFarland, RBI singles from Dathan Berning and Cernek, and a two-run single from Jared Storment.
In the eighth inning, Tim Osborne hit a home run, and in the ninth inning, Jared Souhrada added a RBI single.
Jason Collingwood was the winning pitcher in relief. He threw 2 1/3 innings with one hit allowed and two strikeouts in raising his record to 3-0. Nick Bifano collected his 11th save of the season when he held Principia scoreless with 1 1/3 innings of relief.
C.J. Opp was Greenville’s starting pitcher, completing 3 2/3 innings and permitting seven runs, six earned, on four hits and four walks. He struck out three in the no decision.