MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The baseball team split their opening day games at Rhodes on Friday, losing the first game to Fontbonne 3-1 before defeating Rhodes 5-1.
In game one, the Panthers scored one run on three hits in the first inning but were held hitless for the rest of the game as Fontbonne's pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts.
Greenville received a quality start from Lukas Whitten as he allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. He yielded the mound to Hunter Cullum and Chad Plath for perfect innings in relief. The Panthers did not walk any Griffins in the game and struck out four.
In game two, the Panthers received two runs in the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead, and Sam Alender pitched into the seventh inning for the win. Alender gave up one unearned run over 6.1 innings.
The Panthers (1-1) return to action Saturday against Rhodes at 10:30 a.m. CT.