No. 23 BSC falls to Berry, 10-7

Bruce Maxwell

ROME, Ga.—In freezing temperatures and occasional snow flurries, the No. 23 Birmingham-Southern baseball team lost on the road to future conference rival Berry College, 10-7, Saturday afternoon in Rome, Ga.

The Panthers fall to 0-2, while the Vikings move to 3-2.

Berry got off to a 4-0 start in the bottom of the first inning, then went up 5-0 in the bottom of the second. BSC finally got on the board in the top of the fourth on an RBI double from junior Bruce Maxwell. Berry answered with another run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 6-1, then added three more in the bottom of the fifth to lead 9-1.

BSC scored three in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a two-RBI triple by freshman David Bourbonnais and an RBI single by freshman Tanner McGill, cutting the Berry lead to 9-4. The Panthers cut it to 9-5 in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from senior Jon Walker.

Berry scored a single run in the bottom of the eighth to go up 10-5, and the Panthers tried to rally in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs on a two-run single by sophomore Evan Grovenstein, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Viking lead.

The Vikings recorded 13 hits to the Panthers' 10, and each team had three errors. Maxwell led BSC with three hits, going 3-4 at the plate.

Freshman Blake Stevens started on the mound, giving up seven hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Sophomore Lewis Hammond came in for the next three innings and allowed three hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts. Junior Blake Yance came in for an out after that, giving up three hits and an earned run, and freshman Ralls Pennington pitched the final two outs.

BSC's game today against Emory was canceled due to the harsh weather conditions. The Panthers travel to Fayetteville, N.C., next weekend to face Lynchburg, Methodist, and Frostburg State.