TYLER, Tx. — The Univerisity of La Verne baseball team rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to cut No. 16 Texas-Tyler's lead to one run, but the Leopards couldn't score the equalizer, falling in their season opener 6-5.
The Leopards finished the game with nine hits, led by shortstop Jacob Benson who went 2-3 at the plate.
With the Leopards trailing 6-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Benson opened the inning with a double to right center and then advanced to third on a balk. Pinch hitter Mark Abbate then stepped in and hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Benson.
Cole Clinton earned the win for the Patriots.
Next Game: The Leopards (0-1) continue their three-series against the Patriots (1-0) tomorrow at 5 p.m. (PT), and conclude the series Friday at 12 p.m. (PT).