The Claflin University baseball team will entertain The College of Saint Rose (Dinwiddle, Va.) in a weekend series at Mirmow Field.
Claflin and The College of Saint Rose will play three games over a two-day period. Action gets underway on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The second game will start 30 minutes after the completion of the opener. The series concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Both teams will enter the three-game series off a losing note. The Panthers suffered a tough 12-8 mid-week loss to Augusta University on the road, falling to 2-13 for the season. The Panthers two victories this season came over Virginia State University 9-3 and Bluefield State College 21-6.
As for The College of Saint Rose, the Golden Knight fell to Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) 7-2 last Sunday, dropping to 1-3. The Golden Knights only win this season was a 4-1 decision over defending NCAA Division II National Champion West Chester.
In the win, Saint Rose received an outstanding pitching performance from Brandon Budlong, who struck out 10 batters and surrendered only four hits in going the distance.
Other key starters for the Golden Knights include Stephen Hill and Greg Musk.
The top hitters for The College of Saint Rose are Stephen Hill with a batting average of .667 in three games and Joe Foran at .571.
The Claflin offense boasts two players hitting over the .400 mark, led by Darrell Langston at .406, including team-highs with 26 hits, six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI. He is joined by Johnathan Parnell II at .400, with two home runs and six doubles.
Also enjoying a productive season for Claflin is Clyde Parker at .333 with two home runs and 11 RBI, followed by Grayland Fowler with a .297 batting average and 19 hits.
As a team, the Panthers are hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 96 runs scored.
The Panthers pitching staff is led by Cleveland Westbrook with a 2-0 record. Other key pitchers for Claflin includes Dillon Parker, Alfie Carter and Torriun Towers.