ATLANTA - The 11th-ranked Panthers completed the three-game sweep of Oglethorpe this afternoon 11-6. They improve to 33-4 overall and finish 14-1 in conference play.
The game started slow, with neither team able to produce more than a single run per inning in the first seven innings. The Petrels struck first thanks to a lead-off double and subsequent error in the bottom of the first. The Panthers got things going in the third following a scoreless second when #Zac Stansell# scored off a lined shot to center from #Sam Hill#.
BSC took the lead in the fourth thanks to a #Brian Higginbotham# double down the line with two outs. He scored on the next at-bat from Stansell to put the Panthers up 2-1. A lead-off double in the fifth and a solo homer in the sixth, by #Jon Walker#, tacked on two more runs to give ‘Southern 4-1 lead the heading into a scoreless seventh inning.
The Panthers added a fifth run in the top of the eighth and then the bats finally got going, for both teams. Oglethorpe plated five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead, 6-5, including a three-run homerun after a pitching change.
‘Southern rallied in the top of the ninth to retake the lead with six runs on five hits, with two back-to-back homeruns from #Brandon Ricco# and #Bruce Maxwell#. The Petrels came up empty in the bottom of the ninth to set the final at 11-6.
#Jon Walker# led the Panthers with three RBI on the day. #J.D. Hulse#, Ricco, and Maxwell each finished with two apiece. #Drew Leachman# drove in the Panthers’ other earned run with one unearned charged to the Petrels.
The Panther pitching staff got the win by committee, as six hurlers saw action in the nine inning game. #Jesse Meier# came up with the win, closing out the eighth inning for #Clay Jones#. Meier is now 7-1 on the season.
BSC has two remaining home games on the schedule, both of them next week. The Panthers will host Concordia-Selma on Tuesday afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. start before closing out the home schedule on Saturday with Emory University at 12:30.