April 23, 2008

BSC Baseball splits doubleheader with Methodist University

Game 1 | Game 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern used a four-run fourth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit on the way to a 6-3 win over Methodist University in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Striplin Field. Scott Russell’s RBI single in the top of the ninth inning helped Methodist take a 12-11 win in extra innings in game one.

The Panthers close out the 2008 season with a 20-21 overall record and a 6-10 mark in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Methodist University is now 26-15-1 on the season.

Trailing 2-0 in game two, BSC tied the game in the third on RBI singles by J.D. Hulse, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI in game two, and Sam Hill. 

Methodist plated a run on a squeeze bunt in the fourth to regain a 3-2 lead before BSC erupted for four runs in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 advantage. Darby Weppner doubled home two runs and Hulse had a two-run single to highlight the uprising.

Clay Malcolm tossed four innings to pick up the win and move to 6-4 on the season. Malcolm allowed three-runs on three hits with a strikeout. Clay Jones recorded his second save, pitching the final three innings with two strikeouts and only allowing one hits.

Game one was a sloppy one but yet had a lot of offense as the two teams combined for 10 errors while scoring 23 runs on 21 hits. 

The Monarchs held a 6-1 lead early before the Panthers rallied for four runs in the fourth to cut the MU lead to 6-5. Sam Hill, who hit a solo home run in the first to give BSC a 1-0 lead, belted a three-run home run.

Methodist added a run in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-5 only to see BSC score four in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. The Panthers’ first run scored on an error and then Bryan Higginbotham delivered a bases loaded triple to push BSC ahead.

The Monarchs tied the game in the seventh to force extra innings. Kyle Eudy drew a bases-loaded walk and Dustin Proctor’s sacrifice fly tied the game.

Jason Ridenhour, 2-0, registered the win for MU, allowing two runs on two hits with a strikeout in two innings. Josh Andrade pitched the ninth to record his first save. Drew Crofton suffered the loss for BSC to fall to 4-2.