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Chris Villalobos came in and closed the door to an explosive University of the Cumberlands' baseball team, allowing the No. 20 Tigers time to rally for an 8-5 win Friday in the Mid-South Conference series.
The senior entered the game in the third, trailing 5-3. Villalobos scattered three hits over seven innings allowing no runs and striking out seven. His record is 6-0 this season in 10 games with a 1.99 ERA. Villalobos has also struck out a team-high 32 batters.
Justin Moore was hot from the plate with 2-of-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and three walks. Marvin Flores was 2-of-5 with two RBI.
"It was good to see us battling," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "Coming off the wins over Tennessee Wesleyan, it would have been nice to take control from the start. But, you will have to rally and know that a game is seven or nine innings. If our pitching keeps going strong, it gives our offense time to get going."
The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the second to be down 5-3. The team then tacked on a run in the fifth and sixth to level the game at five.
EJ Murray got the bottom of the seventh going with a single and moved into scoring position off a wild throw by the Patriots. Seven more batters came up as the Tigers scored three more runs for the final margin of victory.