ETTRICK, Va.—The Claflin University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Virginia State University (VSU) falling 6-0 and 3-0, Saturday in Ettrick, Virginia. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The losses snapped an eight-game win streak by Claflin, dropping the Panthers to 22-12 on the season. The Panthers last loss was just under a month ago on March 24, when they fell to Paine College, 4-3 in 13 innings.
VSU improved to 14-17 on the season.
The Trojans' pitchers kept the Claflin offense in check, allowing just seven Panther hits on the day. In game one, Claflin posted three hits and in game two, they posted four hits.
In the opening game, Clyde Parker had two of the three hits for Claflin, including a double. Parker reached base three times in game one, drawing a walk in the second inning.
Tavion Towers recorded the Panthers' third hit in the contest with a single to the shortstop in the top of the sixth.
Kevin Russell led the way for the Trojans, finishing game one with two homeruns and three RBIs.
Makai Holloway went all six innings, allowing seven hits, seven walks with three strikeouts.
Jarren Norman picked up the game one win for VSU.
After neither team crossed the plate in the first two innings of game two, Sisqo Scott hit a two-run homer to right field with two outs in the bottom of the third to put the Trojans on the board. Scott’s homer scored Jahleel Sewer who walked to get on base.
Westbrook, who went all six innings allowing four hits with nine strikeouts, held the Trojans in check over the next two innings.
VSU put an additional run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as Darius Holeman hit a RBI single down the right field line with two outs to score Rashad Stewart.
Joshua Welcher picked up the win and Westbrook was credited with the loss.
Claflin will return home on Monday to host Benedict College for the second time this season. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. It will be senior day at Mirmow Field where three senior members of the track and field program will be honored as well 13 members of the baseball team.
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