Panthers need extra innings to edge Mount St. Joseph, 5-4

Box Score

BIBMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern (7-5) rallied for a run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to earn a 5-4 win over Mount Saint Joseph (1-2) here Sunday at Striplin Field.

The Panthers held a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning before the Lions plated a run with two outs to tie the game. After a strike out and a fly out put BSC one out away from victory, Ryan Rodriguez singled and scored on a Jake Daugherty double.

A similar scenario took place in the in the bottom of the 11th when a fly out and a ground out started the inning for BSC. Josh Whitaker singled and moved to second when J.D. Hulse was hit by a pitch.  Drew Leachman’s grounder to short was fielded and thrown low to the MSJ second baseman into shallow centerfield, allowing Whitaker to score the game winning run.  

BSC plated a run in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. Darby Weppner singled in Bryan Higginbotham in the second and Rand Hutchison’s sac bunt scored Reed Tuttle in the fourth.

Mount Saint Joseph used a three-run fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. The first run came home on a sac-fly followed by a Chris Hall RBI single and a Nick Weimer RBI double.

The Panthers tied the game in the sixth and regained the lead in the seventh. Higginbotham walked and later came home on a throwing error in the sixth and Hulse belted a solo home run in the seventh to give BSC a 4-3 lead.

Alex Goodsell, 2-1, worked the 11th inning, allowing one hit with a strikeout to earn the win for BSC. Michael McCalib started and pitched four innings with five strikeouts, giving up three runs on two hits. Richard Vance struck out eight and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in six plus innings of work.

Nate Long started the 11th inning and was the losing pitcher for Mount Saint Joseph.

BSC hosts a doubleheader against Huntingdon College on Saturday at 2 p.m.