February 24, 2008

Diamond Panthers blank Sewanee, 8-0

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Michael McCalib, Clay Malcolm, Ben Lilly and Patrick Martin combined to toss a three-hit shutout to lead Birmingham-Southern (5-3) to an 8-0 win over the University of the South-Sewanee (0-2) on Sunday.

McCalib started the game for BSC, allowing one hit with one strikeout over four innings. Clay Malcom, who picked up the win to improve to 2-1, tossed three hitless innings with six strikeouts. Ben Lilly worked the eighth with two strikeouts against one hit and Patrick Martin finished closed the game in the ninth, allowing one hit.

The Panthers broke open a scoreless game in the sixth with five runs. Bryan Higginbotham, who was 2-for-3, had an RBI single and Kyle Mayes delivered a two-run double.

BSC scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Sam Hill picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Clay Jones had a pinch-hit RBI single.  J.D. Hulse, who was 3-for-5 on the day, doubled home Rand Hutchison in the eighth.

Sewanee starter Will King worked five scoreless innings giving up one hit before allowing up five runs, one earned, on four hits in the sixth. King finished the day giving up five runs, five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Birmingham-Southern hosts the BSC Invitational next weekend. The Panthers open the weekend with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m. against Adrian College.  Mount Saint Joseph College and Adrian play on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by BSC and Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m.  BSC and Mount Saint Joseph conclude the weekend on Sunday at 11 a.m.