Mar 30, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Emory University used seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to upset the No. 9 Birmingham-Southern baseball team, Wednesday evening at Striplin Field. The Panthers fall to 20-5, while the Eagles move to 18-10.
An RBI single by senior Sam Hill in the bottom of the first gave BSC a 1-0 lead, but it wouldn't last long as Emory scored five runs in the top of the second. The Panthers answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to cut it to 5-3, but the Eagles added another run in the top of the fifth to go up 6-3.
BSC made things interesting in the bottom of the sixth as a lead-off home run by junior Jon Walker and a two-RBI single by sophomore Bruce Maxwell tied things up, 6-6. The tie was short-lived, though, as the Eagles proceeded to score seven runs in the top of the seventh to go up 13-6, a lead they would hold on to for the remainder of the game.
Hill was 4-of-5 at the plate for BSC, and Maxwell and Walker were both 3-of-5 and senior Drew Leachman was 3-of-6. The Panthers recorded 17 hits to Emory's 15, but BSC also left 16 runners on base in the game.
Six Panther pitchers all saw time today, with freshman Lewis Hammond starting and giving up seven hits and five earned runs with one strikeout. He was followed by senior Anthony Bianchi (1.0 inning), senior Drew Crofton (2.0 innings, 3 strikeouts), junior Jordan Burchett (1.1 innings, 2 strikeouts), senior Clay Jones (0.2 innings, 1 strikeout), and senior Brooks Webb (2.0 innings, 1 strikeout). Burchett took the loss, falling to 3-3 this season.
BSC stays at home this weekend for a conference series against Sewanee. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game both begin at 1 p.m. at Striplin Field.