WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The baseball team returned to the win column with a 10-4 victory over Edgewood in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. The Panthers lost the first game 6-5 in nine innings.
Greenville and Edgewood teamed up for a back-and-forth battle in the first game Friday. As has often been the case on the spring trip, Greenville put a run on the scoreboard first when Ryan Smith hit a solo home run to left field. It was his third homer of the season.
Edgewood struck back in the bottom of the second, touching Greenville starting pitcher Jake McMullen for three runs on two hits.
Greenville tied the game in the top of the third on Cole Lawson's RBI triple and a RBI double by Jared Massengill.
The Eagles went back on top with a run in the top of the fifth, and Greenville rallied in the top of the seventh to tie the score and push the game to extra innings.
In the tying seventh inning, Wyatt Matteson was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch before Lawson advanced him to third with a single. Jared Souhrada's groundout to first base tied the game.
In the top of the eighth, Greenville took their first lead since the second inning on a RBI single by Matteson, but pitcher David Massengill allowed a leadoff walk that came around to score in the bottom of the eighth.
In the ninth inning, the Eagles scored the game winner off reliever Tyler Corder who allowed two singles, a double, and intentional walk after retiring the leadoff hitter on a ground ball back to the mound.
Starter McMullen picked up the no-decision, pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs and one unearned run. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out two.
Jared Massengill posted three hits in five at bats. Matteson sparked the club from the number nine slot in the lineup, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Game two of the double-dip was controlled by Greenville and starting pitcher Tyler Pilcher.
Winning pitcher Pilcher threw a seven inning complete game, giving up two earned runs, two unearned runs, and eight hits. He issued three walks and two hit batsmen while striking out six.
The Panthers left little doubt early that they were on the verge of an offensive breakthrough as they once again took an early lead with three runs in the first inning and two runs in the second.
In the three-run first, Jared Massengill had a two-run single, and Kenny Trager posted a sacrifice fly.
Greenville's second inning runs came on David Massengill's RBI infield single and an error on Jared Massengill's ground ball to the shortstop that scored Dylan Goldsmith.
After Edgewood scored twice in the fourth to cut the Greenville lead to two, Trager singled to right field to drive in a run.
Greenville posted four runs in its final at bat in the sixth inning. Trager walked with the bases loaded, and Ryan Siddle cleared the bases with a three-run double.
Goldsmith was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Siddle went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Trager drove in three runs despite being 1-for-1 and scored a run. Jared Massengill had a 1-for-2 game with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Panthers (2-9) conclude their Florida trip Saturday against Anderson in a single game that begins at 8 a.m. CT.