BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern (11-3) Panthers survived a late inning scare from the visiting Crusaders and pulled out the 7-9 victory at Striplin Field to close out the weekend series Sunday.
The Panthers jumped on the Crusaders early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. #Brandon Ricco# doubled to center to plate both #Drew Leachman# and #JD Hulse#, and #Darby Weppner# cleaned up the bases on his first swing over the right field wall. The homer was Weppner's first of the season.
Capital would tie the game in the top of the third, but BSC retook the lead again in the bottom half of the inning. The game seemed set to go down to the wire a single-run affair for either team until the Crusaders came up to bat in the top of the seventh.
Capital led the inning with two striagt singles before Coach Weisberg moved to the pen, bringing in #Alex Goodsell# to relieve #Michael McCalib#. The Crusaders loaded the bases on Goodsell's first batter to load the bags with nobody out. Then Goodsell settled down. He struck out the next two batters and got Dave Bartek to pop out to center preventing any Crusader runs from scoring and preserving the win for McCalib.
#Brandon Ricco# and #Darby Weppner# each had three RBIs to their credit for the day, each on two hits. Overall the Panthers scored nine runs on 12 hits while committing three errors. The Crusaders scored seven on 17 hits and committed one error. #Michael McCalib# (1-1) earns his first win and Clay Jones (1) picked up his first save of the season.
The Panthers will return this Thursday to host the Sewanee Tigers in their first SCAC matchup of the season. Game time with the Tigers is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Striplin Field.