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April 25, 2010

No. 6 Panthers split season finale at Emory

Game 1 | Game 2

ATLANTA -
The No. 6 Birmingham-Southern Panthers split their last two games of  the season today at Emory University, winning the remainder of Friday's rain-interrupted game 2-0 before dropping game two 9-8.

#Drew Leachman# drove in both Panther runs in game one, driving in one with a double in the third and the second in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center.  The game was completed after playing three innings at Striplin Field on Friday.

All-SCAC pitcher #John Naramore# had one of his best performances in a Panther uniform in his last start on the Hilltop.  The senior threw two-and-a-third innings on Friday night and finished through the eighth inning on Sunday with one day's rest, giving up two hits and striking out eight.

Game two saw a lot more offense with the Panthers batting first.  BSC plated four runs before the Eagles could get on the board with two in the first and two in the fourth.  #Brandon Ricco# got a double in the first to drive in the first run and then crossed home himself thanks to a #Josh Whitaker# single.

#Jacob Plagens# drove in the Panthers' third in the top of the fourth with a single to left and Leachman drove another run with another sacrifice to center.  Emory jumped ahead with five in their half of the fourth to go up one, then went up two in the fifth on a two-out single up the left side.

Down two, Drew Leachman cut the lead to one with his fourth RBI of the day with a single up the  middle driving in #Jon Walker#.  The Eagles got two back in the bottom of the eighth to go up 8-5 heading to the final inning of the season.

With two outs and runners at second and third #Brian Higginbotham# blasted a three-run homerun to tie the game at eight in the top of the ninth inning.  Unfortunately for BSC the Eagles managed to score the winning-run in the bottom half of the inning to hand the Panthers' their fifth loss of the season.

The Panthers finish the 2010 season with an astounding 34-5 record, another SCAC East Division Title, ranked sixth in the nation in two separate Division III polls.