Claflin University opened its weekend series with Salem University in dominant form, cruising past the Tigers 17-4 on Friday night at Historic Mirmow Field.
The middle game of the series is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak, improving the Panthers record to 3-2 on the season.
Craig Hopkins led the way for Claflin going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Hopkins also crossed the plate three times with two walks.
Jalen Sprull and Clyde Parker also had multiple hits for the Panthers. Sprull finished the game with two hits, including an RBI and three runs, while Parker also knocked out two hits with one run and two RBI.
Erick McElveen had three runs while Gerardic Dobbs also finished the game with multiple runs, two.
Dillon Parker pitched a strong six innings, allowing four runs with two walks and nine strikeouts to pick up the win in the contest.
Carson Ellis, who pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and 13 runs with eight walks, was credited with the loss for Salem.
The Walker Dodero and Dalton Robinson hit a homerun apiece for the Tigers, who drops to 0-4 on the season.
Robison led the way with two hits and two RBI.
Claflin scored early and often, jumping out to a putting of two runs in its half of the opening inning.
After Salem tied it up in the top of the second, the Panthers put up two runs of their own to increase the margin to two once again 4-2.
Claflin defense was strong in the third, keeping the Tigers from crossing the plate while its offense picked up the intensity scoring five runs including a two-run homer by Craig Hopkins.
After neither team crossed the plate in the fourth, Claflin scored two runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh innings to take a commanding 17-4 lead.
Both teams' defenses stayed solid over the final inning-and-a-half of the contest, not allowing a run to cross the plate.