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SPORTS LIBRARY, Claflin, baseball

The Salem University Tigers avoided a series sweep against the Claflin University Panthers, winning the third game 17-4 on Sunday at Mirmow Field.

CLAFLIN BASEBALL: Panthers secure series

The win was Salem first of the season as the Tigers are now 1-5, while Claflin dropped to 4-3 on the season.

The Panthers won the first two games, 17-4 and 8-1.

Claflin baseball opens Salem series with 17-4 win

In the series finale, Salem broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run sixth inning followed by 10 more over the last three innings. The biggest blow came in the eighth inning where the Tigers scored eight runs.

Salem opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning, only to see Claflin score three runs in their half of the inning for a 3-1 lead. The highlight for the Panthers in the inning was a two-run homer off the bat of Craig Hopkins.

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Claflin baseball

After the Tigers pushed across three runs in the second for a 4-3 advantage, Claflin put up one run in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4.

The Panthers finished the game with four hits, two from Clyde Parker and one each from Hopkins and Eric McElveen.

Salem was led by Dalton Robinson with a home run, followed by Jimmy Cramer who went 3-for-6 with 3RBIs, and Hollis Harrison at 2-for-3 and 3RBIs.

Sam Chapman was the winning pitcher for Salem, while Angel Morel suffered the loss for the Panthers.

Claflin will return to action this weekend, hosting Bluefield State College in a three-game series. Action gets underway with the series-opener on Friday at 4 p.m. followed by games on Saturday and Sunday. Both games start at 1 p.m.

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