SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Birmingham-Southern Panthers finished game two, 14-13, before taking game three 15-5 in eight to secure the series sweep of the Tigers.
The Panthers (19-4, 5-1) closed out game two scoring two runs in the top of the ninth to take the 14-13 win, concluding last night’s darkness-shortened game. #Josh Whitaker# led the Panthers offensively, getting four hits in five at-bats. He drove in the Panthers’ winning run in the ninth with a double that sent #John Lawroski# across the plate.
#Clay Jones# got the win in four innings of work last night. Jones improves to 2-1 on the season giving up five runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts before the game was called. #Michael McCalib# closed out the ninth this afternoon, getting the Tigers (6-17, 1-5) to ground out in order.
The Panthers headed into the seventh inning in game three up 5-3 before unloading nine runs in the frame to take a commanding 14-5 lead into the eighth. #Drew Leachman# and #Sam Hill# both walked to lead off the inning, and Leachman scored off a #Brandon Ricco# single.
After a pitching change #Bruce Maxwell# walked to load the bases for #Brian Higginbotham# who sacrificed to left to bring in Hill. #Josh Whitaker# singled in Ricco in the next at-bat which led to another Sewanee pitching change.
#Jon Walker# walked, to load the bags again, and then Maxwell came in to score on a wild pitch. #John Lawroski# collected the Panthers’ fifth free base of the inning to reload the bases for #J.D. Hulse# Following another pitching change, Hulse and Leachman then posted back-to-back doubles to drive in two runs each. #Sam Hill# then singled in the Panthers’ ninth of the inning with a single.
McCalib stayed in to start the third game for the Panthers. The junior collected his fifth win of the season, remaining perfect in four starts. He threw six innings allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Panthers will return to Striplin Field this Tuesday to host the first of two games with Loyola University of New Orleans. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.