Panthers take road opener 12-5 at Emory

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ATLANTA – The Birmingham-Southern Panthers won their first road game of the 2009 season today at Chappell Park in Atlanta, defeating the Emory University Eagles 12-5.  The win improves the Panthers record to 2-1 on the young season, the Eagles drop to 0-1.

The Panthers scored in all but two innings during the game, using every offensive option open to them including two homeruns accounting for four of the Panthers’ 12 on the day.  The Eagles struck first, holding the Panthers scoreless in the top of the first and hung an early run on the Panthers thanks to a leadoff walk by #Clay Malcolm#.  #Sam Hill# got the Panthers on the board in the second with a homerun which platted #Brandon Ricco# as well, putting the Panthers up 2-1.  Though the Eagles scored the tying run in the bottom of the inning, a pair of doubles in the top of the third put the Panthers up for good.

The Panthers scored at least one run from the second through the eighth innings, including three-run fifth.  #Drew Leachman#’s two-run home run in the eighth capped the scoring in the game.  Clay Malcolm collected the win for the Panthers while Coor took the loss for the Eagles.

The Panthers scored 12 runs on 12 hits for the day and committed just two errors, while the Eagles only managed five runs off their 11 hits with one error on their side of the ledger.  Drew Leachman provided the largest pop in the Panther lineup again today with two doubles, a home run, a stolen base, and four RBIs in four at-bats on the day.  Clay Malcolm went six and one-third innings in the win, allowing five runs on eight hits.  Richard Vance came in the game in the sixth and held the line for BSC, giving up just three hits, with three strike outs, and allowing no Eagle runs.

BSC will wrap up their series with Emory tomorrow at noon central.  The Panthers will then return home next weekend to host a three-game series with Spalding University.