• High Point fell to 1-1 in its three-game series against LIU Brooklyn with a 3-2 loss in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
• Freshman Carson Jackson had three hits and two RBI in the loss.
• Junior Tyler Britton pitched five innings and had six strikeouts for HPU.
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University baseball team dropped the second game of its doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night at Williard Stadium. Freshman Carson Jackson went 3-5 with two RBI in the contest.
“We had plenty of opportunities tonight but weren’t able to take advantage of them,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “It takes guts to hit with runners in scoring position but we seemed content to take called third strikes on fast balls. That is losing baseball and that is why we got the result we did tonight.”
Junior Tyler Britton took the loss for the Panthers on the mound, dropping to 1-1 on the season. Britton pitched five innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out six.
Evan Flood earned the win for the Blackbirds after two scoreless innings of relief. Flood allowed one hit and three walks and struck out three. Mark Hernandez earned the save for LIU Brooklyn. Hernandez pitched 3-2/3 innings and allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six.
High Point is 3-9 on the season after splitting the doubleheader with LIU Brooklyn. The Blackbirds improve to 3-2 with the win in the nightcap.
LIU Brooklyn took advantage of an error by Jackson to score two runs in the second inning and take a 2-0 lead. Hernandez reached on the error and scored on an RBI groundout by Harrison Preschel. Tommy Jabulowski then hit a two-out single to score Bobby Webb.
The Panthers got a run back in the fourth as Jackson drove in sophomore Chris Clare with an RBI single. Clare led off the inning with a walk and slide in ahead of the throw home to make the score 2-1.
After LIU Brooklyn scored in the top of the fourth on Jabulowski’s second RBI single of the day, High Point came back with a run in the bottom of the frame to make the score 3-2. Jackson once again came through with the RBI, lacing a single into the right-center gap to drive in senior Tony Fortier-Bensen.
Manzella joined Jackson with multiple hits, finishing 2-3 at the plate with a walk. Fortier-Bensen, Clare and senior Spencer Angelis all had two walks in the game.
High Point and LIU Brooklyn will meet in the rubber game of the weekend series on Sunday, March 8, in Williard Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.