Saturday, February 18, 2017

Four-Run Ninth-Inning Rally Lifts Prarie View A&M Panthers Over Illinois-Chicago

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- A four-run ninth-inning rally lifted the Prairie View A&M University baseball to team a 5-4 come-from-behind rain-delayed win over Illinois Chicago in the opening game of the Major League Baseball Urban Invitational at Wesley Barrow Stadium.

The Panthers (1-0) won the opening game of the season for the first time since 2013. The more than hour rain delay moved Friday's second game against the Flames of the Horizon League to Sunday at 4:30 p.m. following the Panthers-New Orleans game at 1 p.m. at UNO.

Leading off the ninth, Tyler Gordon walked, and Cody Den Beste singled to left center. Steven Williams reached on a fielding error, allowing Gordon to score and Den Beste advanced to third. Following a walk to Tyrone Thomas to load the bases, Corbin Jamison's single to right field scored Den Beste and Williams. Following an out an intentional walk to Kevin Macias to load the basis, Andrew Garcia's single off the glove of UIC third baseman Brandon Gibis scored pinch runner Avery Williams with the winning run.

Jamison went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Den Beste went 2-for-4 wi
th two runs scored.

Charles Philpott (1-0) earned the win in relief, pitching the final two innings allowing three hits, one run, walked one and struckout three. Edgar Sanchez pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, two earned with one walk and two strikeouts.

Prairie View A&M will face Alcorn State Saturday at 2 p.m., with the radio broadcast beginning at 1:45 p.m. on and a live television broadcast on MLB Network.



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