February 9, 2008

BSC Baseball makes triumphant return to diamond

Box Score Game 1 | Box Score Game 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern Baseball got its season off to a positive start by sweeping a doubleheader from Greensboro College (3-2) by the scores to 8-7 in extra innings and 5-2.at Striplin Field on Saturday.

The Panthers (2-0) found themselves down 7-1 in game one before rallying with four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pull out game one.

Bryan Higginbotham’s triple plated three runs and Darby Weppner singled home a run in the fifth to cut the Greensboro lead to 7-5. Drew Leachman’s RBI single got BSC to within one in the sixth and Sam Hill scored on an error in the seventh to tie the game. Brandon Ricco reached on a fielder’s choice in the eighth that allowed Josh Whitaker to beat the tag at the plate in the eighth.

Alex Goodsell (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth as the pitcher of record for BSC. Richard Vance started for BSC, giving up six runs on eight hits in four innings. Ben Lilly pitched three innings allowing one run and one hit with a strikeout.

Kevin Showe took the loss for Greensboro to fall to 0-1 after giving up two runs on no hits with two walks.

BSC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two, plating a run in the first three innings. Higginbotham singled home Leachman in the first and Reed Tuttle scored on a Whitaker ground out in the second. Brandon Ricco came home in the third on a Tuttle RBI single.

The Pride scored two runs in the sixth to cut the BSC lead to 3-2. BSC answered on a Same Hill two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-2.

Patrick Martin picked up the save, entering the game in the sixth inning and ending a Greensboro threat. Martin allowed no runs on one hit. Clay Malcolm pitched 5 1/3 innings to get the win, recording three strikeouts and allowing two runs on five hits.

Torrey Poholsky started the game and took the loss for the Pride to fall to 1-1. Poholsky had one strikeout while walking three and giving up three runs on four this in three innings.

BSC hits the road for a doubleheader against Spring Hill College on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.