Panthers Steal Walk-Off Thriller Under The Lights

The High Point University Panthers added another mark in the win column after clinching a 6-5 win over Longwood at Williard Stadium. Sean Dufy picked up the win on the mound and improved to 2-1 on the season. Javon Fields was a perfect 4-for-4 at home plate while four other Panthers recorded multi-hit nights.

Site: Williard Stadium (High Point, North Carolina)

Score: High Point 6, Longwood 5

Recordings: Highlight (11-20, 6-5), Longwood (14-18, 6-2)

The Lancers got off to a strong start in the first inning for the second straight night, scoring two runs on two hits to take the lead.

But HPU starter Teddy Merrit kept his cool and posted zeros on the scoreboard for the next four innings. Merritt finished his night with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched, five hits and zero earned runs.

High Point’s bats rallied in the bottom of the fifth, posting three runs on the board to take a 3-2 lead. Head hitter Charly klingler market and Adam Stuart chose the left field line to place runners in the first and second rows with no outs. Peyton Carr chosen to load the bases for Cole Singsank, who scored Klingler with a sacrifice steal to right field. After a pop-up left HPU with two outs, Fields’ double RBI to left field scored Stuart and moved Carr to third to put two runners in scoring position. Miggy EchazarretaThe single from the end of the bat to the third base line put it safely on first base as Carr scored the go-ahead.

Longwood wasted no time in responding, adding three runs in the top of the sixth on two hits and an HPU error.

The Panthers chained another rally to cut the Lancer’s lead in the bottom of the seventh. Blake Sutton started with a left field line and scored on Fields’ single through the left side to put High Point at 5-4.

Until their final three outs in a situation similar to the previous night, the Panthers had Carr, Singsank and Sutton scheduled to start the Panther rally. Carr started with a double, but pinch the runner CJ Neese was out of the pick of a defenseman who left Singsank at first base with one out. Swinging on the first pitch, Sutton singled to right field and moved Singsank to third base on the play. Fields’ fourth hit of the night was an RBI single to the middle that tied the game and ensured HPU would survive. at least one more round.

All the outfielders were drawn in to try and save a run, but Echazarreta’s shot into deep left field gave Sutton enough time to score from second base and give HPU their third win of the season.

Following: The Panthers meet Longwood on Sunday afternoon for the chance to clinch the series. The first pitch is set at 1 p.m.


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