February 12, 2011
No. 9 BSC comes back to defeat Maryville, 20-8, in home opener
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After falling behind in the top of the fourth, the No. 9 Birmingham-Southern baseball team proceeded to score 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to come back and eventually defeat Maryville College, 20-8, Saturday at Striplin Field.
The Panthers move to 3-1 after the home opener win, while the Scots fall to 0-1.
BSC scored the first runs of the day in the bottom of the first with a run scored on a Maryville error, a sacrifice fly-out by sophomore Bruce Maxwell, and an RBI single from senior Brandon Ricco.
The Scots scored their first run in the top of the third off a home run by Kyle Cyprysiak, cutting it to 3-1, and added five runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead, 6-3.
The Panthers exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth, beginning with a sac-fly by senior JD Hulse, then scoring on another Scots error to cut it to 6-5. A fielder’s choice RBI from senior Sam Hill tied things up, 6-6, and an RBI single from Maxwell put the Panthers back in the lead. Maxwell and Hill would then score on yet another error to put BSC up 9-6, followed by an RBI single by sophomore Brandon Perry and a bases-loaded walk, increasing the lead to 11-6. Perry would later score on a wild pitch, putting BSC up 12-6, and the final two runs of the inning came from a two-RBI single by senior Drew Leachman.
Maryville added one more run in the top of the fifth, but BSC proceeded to score six more in the bottom of the sixth: an RBI double by Hulse, a bases-loaded walk, and a grand slam by Maxwell, putting the Panthers ahead 20-7.
The Scots scored another single run in the top of the seventh, and neither team would score again for a final score of 20-8 after eight and a half innings.
Senior right-hander Richard Vance picked up the win on the mound for BSC, his first of the season, after throwing 2.2 innings and giving up three hits and one earned run with two strikeouts.
BSC tallied 16 hits, led by Leachman and Perry with three each, and Maxwell led with six RBIs. Hill led with 11 putouts from his post behind the plate.
The Panthers and the Scots square off again tomorrow at Striplin Field at 12:30 p.m.