No. 23 Panthers fall to Emory, 7-5

ROME, Ga.—The 23rd-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh and ended up losing, 7-5, to Emory on Friday in BSC's season opener. The Eagles moved to 2-0 after having defeated Berry earlier in the day.

The Panthers got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the top of the first on a two-RBI single by Jeremy Hatley and an RBI hit-by-pitch by Brandon Perry.

Emory responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run, and then pulled ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the third and 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

BSC tied it up in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch RBI by Tanner McGill, and the teams stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh when Emory scored two runs, both on wild pitches. The Panthers were unable to score again in the game, losing 7-5.

Stephen Denton and Austin Justice each had two of the Panthers' seven hits, and Hatley led with three RBI. Emory recorded eight hits.

Jesse Meier started on the mound and threw four innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs with three walks and three strikeouts. Miles Nordgren came in for the next three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run with four walks and two strikeouts, and newcomer David Bourbonnais pitched the final inning, getting one strikeout.

The Panthers are in action again tomorrow, taking on Berry at noon and Emory again at 3 p.m.