Baseball drops 13-11 decision in extras to Rhodes

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The BSC baseball team fell in extra innings tonight, 13-11 to the Lynx of Rhodes College.  The loss drops the Panthers to 22-7 overall and 8-3 in SCAC-East play.  The Lynx improve to 22-13, 6-5 on the season.

This was a wild one with 24 runs, 37 hits, and 8 errors between the two SCAC rivals.  The Lynx exploded for five runs in the top of the second to get on the board early.  The Panthers chipped into the Lynx lead in the first and fourth innings and were finally able to tie the score at six apiece in their half of the fifth.

The Panthers produced three more in the sixth to take their first lead of the game.  #Darby Weppner#, #Alex Head#, and #Blake Walley# all drove in runs in the inning to give the Panthers a 9-6 advantage.  Unfortunately, the Lynx answered back in the top of the seventh with three of their own to retie the game at nine. 

#Brian Higginbotham# drove in #Josh Whitaker# in the bottom half of the inning to give the Panthers their final lead of the game at 10-9.  The Lynx posted two more in the top half of the eighth, but the Panthers sent the game into extras when the Lynx pitchers walked in the tying run with one out in the bottom of the ninth. 

The Panthers could not put the game away with the bases still loaded allowing Rhodes to come away with two unanswered runs in the top of the tenth to finish the game.  The marathon contest saw five different Panthers and three different Lynx on the mound in the four hour game.

#David Chabucos# took the loss in his first decision of the season while Taylor Babich claimed the win for Rhodes. 

The Panthers will return to Striplin Field for the final time in the 2009 season tomorrow for the rubber match of the three-game series with Rhodes.  The Panthers will honor their lone senior, #Patrick Kimmons# before the first pitch, which is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.