In a battle of the top-two teams in the NLC, NorthWood came out on top 2-1 over Northridge to force a three-way tie atop the conference.
The scoring got started in the third inning, when Panthers speedster Sergio Lira stole home to open up the 1-0 lead for NorthWood.
Northridge responded in the top of the fourth with a Nick Logan solo home run to tie the game at 1, but NorthWood countered in the 5th with a sacrifice fly that proved to be the game's winning run.
On the mound, Alec Holcomb pitched a complete game, allowing just one run in the win.
"That was a big win for us," Lira said. "We are building momentum from this win and tomorrow we're going to come big again and have the same momentum and come play 100 percent every day."
"Us coming out on top probably puts us at the top and it was a huge game for us," Holcomb added.
"There's not really a down game in our conference," NorthWood coach A.J. Risedorph said. "In the NLC, we've got to come out, and we preach all year it's gotta be a championship mindset from Game 1 until the second round of our Round Robin here so that's our approach."
After the win, NorthWood is now tied for first in the NLC, along with Northridge and Plymouth. The Panthers next play on Saturday at East Noble at 11am.