LEXINGTON, Va. – The High Point University baseball team scored five runs in the eighth inning on Friday afternoon in Lexington, Va., to come from behind and win, 6-2, over VMI in the conclusion of Thursday night’s game which was suspended for weather. Senior Ryan Retz
“This is a tough way to play a game, split over two days because of weather,” head coach Craig Cozart
High Point scored five times in the top of the eighth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead. Senior Willie Medina
Following the home run the Panthers loaded the bases when sophomore Spencer Angelis
Retz finished 2-3 on the day with two RBI and two runs scored. Barry went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored. Brandenburg also finished with two hits and two RBI for the Panthers.
The game was tied 1-1 when play was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning on Thursday night. VMI took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the first and the Panthers tied the game in the top of the fourth with an RBI single by Barry.
The game was delayed at 7:43 p.m., with VMI runners at first and second and one out in the sixth. The contest was delayed for 51 minutes before the suspension was announced. The suspended game was the first of the season for High Point.
VMI retook the lead when play resumed Friday afternoon with a run on an RBI single by Ray Lopez in the bottom of the sixth.
Redshirt-junior Sean Townsley
Sophomore Joe Goodman
Andrew Montague took the loss after allowing the Retz home run. The right hander allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and did not record an out.
High Point improves to 27-27 overall and 13-9 in the Big South with the win. VMI falls to 20-33 overall and 6-16 in the Big South.
High Point and VMI will play the second game of their three-game series later today at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va., at 6 p.m. The game will be shown online at ESPN3.