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Angel Morel pitched Claflin to an 18-8 home win against Benedict on Wednesday.

The Claflin University Panthers won their sixth straight game with an 18-8 decision over rival Benedict College in seven innings on Wednesday at Mirmow Field.

The winning streak is a season-high for Claflin, surpassing the mark of five straight earlier in the season.

The Panthers are now 20-10 overall and 16-8 at home this season.

Benedict dropped to 13-12 with the road loss.

The 18-run output is the second-highest this season for the Panthers, who scored 21 against The College of Saint Rose on March 6.

Eric McElveen led the Claflin hitting attack, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and 5 RBI followed by Clyde Parker at 2-for 3 with two runs and 3 RBI.

Other top hitters for the Panthers included Jalen Sprull, who was 3-for-4 along with an RBI and three runs scored, Craig Hopkins with a hit and 2 RBI, and Nicholas Johnson added two hits. Edzaviah Paul scored four runs for Claflin Panthers.

Benedict was led by Myles Snype at 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Angel Morel, 2-1, picked up the win on the mound for the Panthers, while Keati Buchanan, 0-2, suffered the loss for Benedict.

Claflin will return to the baseball diamond on the road this weekend in a three-game series against Clark Atlanta University. Action gets underway on Saturday (Apr. 13) with a single game at 4 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Sunday (Apr. 14) starting at 1 p.m.

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