Despite trailing 4-0 at the end of three innings, the Martinsville Mustangs rallied to score five unanswered in a 5-4 comeback win over the Forest City Owls on Saturday night at Hooker Field.
Righty Lowell Schipper (Richmond) made his second start of the season, going three innings and allowing four runs on four hits.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Mustangs (4-5) loaded the bases before third baseman Cross Factor (Oklahoma St) doubled home two runs to put the Mustangs on the board. Factor finished the game with two hits, two RBI's and a stolen base.
A Greg Lowe (Davidson) ground-out allowed another run to score in the fourth and trim the deficit to just one at 4-3.
Righty reliever Cody Dooley (Concord) worked three impressive innings of relief to keep the Owls at four. Dooley pitched three innings, allowing only three hits.
The Mustangs tied the game in the fifth when Jake Lorenzini (Wayne State) crushed a ground-rule double to left and later scored on passed ball to make it 4-4.
Ian Hussian (Trinity) worked the seventh and eighth innings, and was credited with the win. The righty allowed only two hits and struck out two in his fifth appearance of the summer.
The Mustangs grabbed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Lowe singled the go-ahead run home to make it 5-4 Martinsville.
Ryan Evans (Grambling St) picked up his first save of the season, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mustangs third straight win.
Martinsville will have Sunday off before traveling to Edenton for the first time on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Martinsville Mustangs are celebrating 14 summers of baseball at historic Hooker Field in 2018. Follow the Mustangs @MVilleMustangs on Twitter and @MartinsvilleMustangs on Facebook and Instagram. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 113 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com.