April 3, 2011

Baseball hangs on to defeat Sewanee, 6-4

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—
Courtesy of the game-winning RBI by senior Sam Hill in the bottom of the sixth, the ninth-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Sewanee today, 6-4, to sweep the three-game series.

The Panthers improve to 23-5 overall and 8-1 in the SCAC, while the Tigers fall to 8-14 overall and 0-5 in the conference. BSC leads the SCAC East Division and the overall conference standings after today's win.

Sewanee scored two runs in the top of the first inning, and BSC cut it to 2-1 with a single run in the bottom of the first on an RBI from sophomore Bruce Maxwell. The Panthers tied it up in the bottom of the third on an RBI by senior Brandon Ricco, but Sewanee took the lead again in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer by Alan Komorowski.

BSC tied it up once again in the bottom of the fifth on a two-RBI single by sophomore Brandon Perry. In the bottom of the sixth, with junior Jon Walker on second, Hill hit a double to right field to score Walker for what would be the game-winning run. On the next at-bat, the Panthers got one more run when Ricco tripled to right-center field to plate Hill for the insurance run.

The Panthers held the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the game to clinch the 6-4 victory.

Hill and Perry were both 3-of-4 at the plate for BSC, and the Panthers recorded 13 total hits to Sewanee's seven.

Senior Michael McCalib started on the mound and threw five innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs with two strikeouts. Senior Richard Vance (2-0) came in for the next two innings and got the win, allowing no hits with three strikeouts. Senior closer Clay Jones pitched the final two innings for his fifth save of the season and gave up one hit with five strikeouts.

The Panthers travel to Jackson, Miss., this Wednesday for a non-conference match-up with Millsaps College at 6 p.m., followed by a conference series against DePauw next weekend in Greencastle, Ind.