SPORTS LIBRARY, Claflin, baseball

ATLANTA – The Claflin University baseball team won both games of a doubleheader at Clark Atlanta University on Saturday, taking game one 6-3 and shutting out the host team 8-0 in game two at Bill Evans Field.

With the pair of victories, Claflin - ranked third in the latest Black College Nines HBCU Small College Poll - improved to 22-10 on the season.

Claflin posted 8 hits with 4 RBI and 6 walks as a team in the opening game. Clyde Parker paced the Panthers, reaching base on all 4 of his at-bats, 2 via hits and 2 via walks. He finished the game 2-for-2 with a run, 2 walks and an RBI.

Molik Brown went 2-for-4 with one run while Jalen Sprull finished with 2 runs.

Claflin got contributions from Gerardic Dobbs and Craig Hopkins, who finished with one hit and 2 RBI and one hit and 2 runs, respectively.

Makai Holloway had 5 strikeouts in picking up his fifth win of the season on the mound, and Eric Dubose picked up his first save of the season.

The Panther offense remained solid in game two, finishing with 7 hits, including 2 home runs and 7 RBI.

Sprull went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, including a home run, while Dobbs finished with a home run and 2 RBI in game two.

Grayland Fowler also had a solid outing in game two, going 2-for-4 with a run.

Dillon Parker gave up 6 hits and got 7 strikeouts in shutting out Clark Atlanta for his fifth win of the season. Jamal Devine had one strikeout and allowed no hits in an inning in relief.

Claflin will return to action Thursday, traveling to Petersburg, Virginia, to face Virginia State University in a doubleheader. The contests will be the first of six straight games at VSU. The Panthers will also face the Trojans in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

Claflin will return home on Monday to host Benedict in a 6 p.m. single game. It will be senior day at historic Mirmow Field, with a pregame senior presentation at 5:30 p.m.

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