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Ryan Buckley pitching for the Panthers against Southwestern

The Panthers opened the 2020 home season this afternoon hosting Southwestern and going 12 innings before  grabbing their first win of the season 4-3.  

The Jags came out strong loading the bases in the first inning and bringing in a quick two to start the game.  Sophomore Cooper Way opened the bottom of the first with a double and Colby Sims brought him across the plate to end the first inning with the Jags up 2-1.  Southwestern again scored in the 3rd and the 3-1 board held until the 5th when Bradley Chesterton doubled bringing in Jason DuMont and Jiovanni Delgado tying the game at 3-3.

Six innings went by scoreless.  In the bottom of the 12th, with the threat of a called game for darkness, the Panthers got two on base courtesy of walks.  With Colby Sims on 3rd and Darren Taylor on 1st, Sims was able to score on a wild pitch to end the game and give the Panthers the win.

"Matt Flores stepped up and proved that he is going to be a major contributor this year and a key component to our pitching staff," commented Head Coach Mike Cordero.  "His performance is one of the best I have seen at this level."

On the mound today were Ryan Buckley (starter), Matthew Flores who put in 7 innings, and Zuko (John) Tillman who closed the game out for the Panthers coming in at the start of the 11th inning.

The men host Golden West Thursday afternoon.